Posted On February 17, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 17, 2022 – Recently, South Shore Hospital Corporation (“South Shore Hospital”) confirmed that the organization experienced a data security event leading to the Protected Health Information (PHI) of over 115,000 individuals being compromised. Those impacted by a data breach should be sure they understand what happened, what their rights are, and how they can pursue them. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating this security breach. As a part of the investigative process, our attorneys will be interviewing any victims of the breach to determine what harm was caused and whether they are eligible to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against South Shore Hospital.
According to a notice posted on the organization’s website, on December 10, 2021, South Shore Hospital noticed suspicious activity on its computer network. The hospital investigated the incident to determine what information may have been compromised as a result. Subsequently, South Shore Hospital learned that the Protected Health Information of certain patients and employees was compromised. The affected data may vary by individual, but includes their first and last names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, financial information, health insurance information, medical information, diagnoses, health insurance policy numbers, and Medicare/Medicaid information. According to some reports, as many as 115,670 people were impacted by the breach.
Around February 11, 2022, South Shore Hospital began sending out data breach notification letters to those whose information was compromised in the breach.
South Shore Hospital Corp. is a non-profit hospital located in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1912, the hospital almost exclusively treats patients receiving Medicare or Medicaid benefits. South Shore Hospital maintains several connected practices, including South Shore Professional Building, Highland Medical Center, Shared Physician Office Space, Wu Family Medical Center, Seniors & General Wellness Center, Elsie R. Walker, M.D. P.C. We Care. The hospital employs about 425 people and generates over $42 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed South Shore Hospital access to your personal data, you trusted the hospital to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the South Shore Hospital data breach raises some very serious questions about its data security measures and whether the organization could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all organizations 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 an organization that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the South Shore Hospital breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if South Shore Hospital was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the South Shore Hospital 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 South Shore Hospital, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from South Shore Hospital 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 South Shore Hospital 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.