Posted On March 9, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 9, 2022 – Recently, Norwood Clinic confirmed that the company was the target of a cyberattack resulting in the sensitive information of certain patients being compromised. As a result of the breach, the names, email addresses, Social Security numbers and health information, along with other sensitive information of certain patients were compromised. On March 8, 2022 Norwood Clinic sent out data breach letters to those whose information was affected by the breach.
Those impacted by a data breach should be sure they understand what happened, what their rights are, and how they can pursue them. It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Norwood Clinic understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Norwood Clinic data breach. 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 Norwood Clinic.
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 an official filing by Norwood Clinic, on October 22, 2021, the clinic learned that an unauthorized party gained access to certain data stored on its computer networks. In response, the company secured its network and launched an internal investigation to determine the nature and extent of the incident. The investigation revealed that the files the unauthorized party had access to contained certain sensitive information pertaining to certain patients.
Norwood Clinic then engaged in a review of all affected files to identify those individuals whose information was accessible to the unauthorized party. Ultimately, the clinic determined that, while the compromised data varies by patient, it includes affected patients’:
Around March 8, 2022, Norwood Clinic began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident. The Norwood Clinic data breach is believed to have affected as many as 228,103 patients.
Norwood Clinic is a healthcare clinic based in Fultondale, Alabama. The clinic was founded by local Birmingham, AL doctor, Charles N. Carraway in 1926. Currently, Norwood Clinic employs 27 physicians practicing in 17 different specialties, including bariatric surgery, family medicine, internal medicine, neurological spine surgery, ophthalmology, pathology, pulmonary, robotic general surgery, sleep medicine, surgery, wound care.
When you allowed Norwood Clinic access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Norwood Clinic 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 Norwood Clinic breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Norwood Clinic was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Norwood Clinic 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 Norwood Clinic, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Norwood Clinic 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 Norwood Clinic 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.