Posted On March 21, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 21, 2022 – Recently, New Jersey Brain and Spine (“NJBS”) announced that the company was the target of a cyberattack and that the sensitive information of certain patients may have been compromised as a result. It is essential that those who receive a data breach notification from New Jersey Brain and Spine understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the New Jersey Brain and Spine data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of our investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from New Jersey Brain and Spine.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to a notice posted on the company’s website, on November 16, 2021, NJBS discovered that certain files on its computer network had been encrypted. Once NJBS was able to restore its systems, it launched an investigation into the incident. The investigation revealed that the unauthorized party may have been able to access certain patients’ protected health information.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, New Jersey Brain and Spine then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. While this review is ongoing, NJBS noted that the compromised information may include your name, address, date of birth, email address, telephone number, Social Security number, financial account information, debit or credit card information, driver’s license number or other ID numbers, and medical information.
On around March 20, 2022, New Jersey Brain and Spine began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
New Jersey Brain and Spine is a healthcare practice based in Oradell, NJ. NJ Brain and Spine is focused primarily on treating patients with spinal and neurological conditions. The practice has a team of approximately 20 doctors and surgeons that treat a wide range of conditions, such as movement disorders, peripheral nerve disorders, and epilepsy. New Jersey Brain and Spine has seven locations throughout the state, including in Hackensack, Maywood, Montclair, North Bergen and Oradell.
When you allowed NJ Brain and Spine access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the NJBS data breach raises some very serious questions about the company’s data security measures and whether the company could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Consumers whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against a company that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the New Jersey Brain and Spine breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if NJBS was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the New Jersey Brain and Spine security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against NJBS, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from NJ Brain and Spine in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the NJ Brain and Spine data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.