Posted On March 21, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 21, 2022 – Recently, Southwest Health, Inc. announced that the sensitive employee information of certain current and former employees was compromised in a recent data breach. It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Southwest Health understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Southwest Health 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 Southwest Health.
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 letter written by Southwest Health’s lawyers, on January 11, 2022, Southwest Health, Inc. First detected unusual activity on its computer network. In response, the company took a closer look at the incident, in hopes of learning more about its causes and whether any sensitive patient or employee information was compromised.
The investigation revealed that an unauthorized party was able to access sensitive information belonging to certain current and former employees, as well as their beneficiaries. While the compromised information varies, it may include your name, Social Security number, and bank account number.
On March 16, 2022, Southwest Health began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Southwest Health not-for-profit community health care provider serving residents of southwestern Wisconsin. The company operates a hospital and behavioral health services facilities in Cuba City and Platteville. Between these facilities, the company provides a wide range of services to its patients, including urgent care, primary care clinics, women’s health, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, sports performance services, and general surgical services. Southwest Health, Inc. currently employs about 378 people and generates approximately $56 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed Southwest Health access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Southwest Health 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 employee 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.
Employees 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 Southwest Health breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Southwest Health was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Southwest Health 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 Southwest Health, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Southwest Health 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 Southwest Health 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.