For clients of the Transform Hospital Group, 2020 ended with the distressing news that their private data had been exposed in a malicious ransomware attack.
As a plastic surgery chain, the group holds extremely sensitive information about their patients, including surgery photos known as “before and after” images. It is understood that such photos are the subject of the ransomware attack, with some 500 gigabytes of it being held.
The affected customers may now be living in constant fear of their sensitive information being published online, as well as their details being misused in order to commit fraud or identity theft. With such sensitive information at risk, customers are, unsurprisingly, very distressed by the prospect of targeted exposure and humiliation. At the Group Action Lawyers, we have already begun taking on claimants, and we foresee that a group action may be brought if more claims are made, allowing us to launch a collective fight for justice.
If you have suffered as a result of complications arising from the use of Essure, perhaps leading to the removal of the device or a recommendation by your doctor to have Essure removed, you could be one of the many eligible to make Essure compensation claims with the Group Action Lawyers.
Essure is a form of permanent birth control that is usually fitted whilst a patient is awake. It is then designed to sterilise the recipient and was manufactured by Bayer HealthCare in the United States but has been fitted in women across the globe.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that the BA cyberattack fine will be issued at just £20 million following their 2018 data breach.
This came as a shock to many after the ICO announced an intention to issue a fine in the sum of £183 million last year, with the final fine involving a reduction of 90%.
It is thought that the BA fine was reduced so significantly due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The aviation industry in general has seen huge losses in flight and customer numbers as a result of lockdowns in various countries. The ICO appears to have taken this into consideration when issuing the fine, but many believe it is still an insignificant amount to the global airline and that it will not have the desired effect. The big question now is how this could shape regulations and fines in the future, as there is a cause for concern here.
The reported rise of anti-depressants prescriptions for children could be a cause for concern, particularly when the use of anti-depressants is not generally recommended by the NHS for under 18’s.
Recent figures reportedly show over 1,500 children under the age of 5 were prescribed anti-depressants, with the numbers reaching over 91,000 for 16-year olds.
Any recent reported rise in anti-depressants prescriptions for children could be partially attributed to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Many people, children included, have struggled to receive professional mental health services as the waiting times are so long. With the NHS staff under further pressure to cope during the pandemic, many surgeries and treatments have seen pauses and delays as resources are directed elsewhere.
The Flagship Group data breach occurred on Sunday 1st November, resulting in Flagship Group’s systems and online services having to be taken offline.
The Group has since taken down more of their systems to prevent the further spread of the cyberattack as well.
The extent of the breach remains unknown but the personal details for both customers and staff may have been exposed in the Flagship group data breach. In their housing branch, Flagship Homes, they are understood to currently employ over 1,200 staff and own and manage 31,000 homes in England. Based on these figures, it could be that a significant number of people have been affected by the incident.
In some cases, the chance of hernia complications occurring post-op is up to 30%. A U.S. study reportedly indicates that hernia complications are most likely to occur at least 30 days after surgery.
The study looked into all incisional hernia repair hospital admissions between 2010 and 2014 and found that, out of almost 16,000 patients, almost 20% were readmitted within one year of their surgery, and 60% of were readmitted after 30 days. Of the 16,000 patients, 88% were reportedly treated using hernia mesh, and one-third had to undergo further major surgery.
This extremely high percentage of both short-term and long-term readmissions could indicate how dangerous the use of hernia mesh can be. The complications arising from hernia mesh over 30 days after surgery can be incredibly serious. In the UK, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) has been criticised for failing to review the use after patients came forward with complications. As a law firm, we represent people claiming compensation for hernia mesh problems.
The Group Action Lawyers have been busy in recent days helping a large number of people who have come forward as victims of the Watford Community Housing data leak.
We are now formally representing a large number of Claimants who have signed up for a No Win, No Fee compensation case. Victims can be eligible to make a data leak compensation claim for the distress caused by the loss of control of their personal information from the recent leak.
If you have received confirmation that you are affected by this leak, we are on hand and here to help you now.
A significant number of people have come forward to start their Virgin Media data breach claim and join the growing group compensation action following media coverage last week.
The 900,000 people affected by the data breach whose information was left unsecure between April 2019 and February 2020 can start a case using the sign-up forms on the Group Action website here. This service allows you to start a proper legal case as opposed to just registering for information which some other law firms do.
Victims could be entitled to claim an estimated £5,000.00 in damages, with claims being pursued on a No Win, No Fee basis.
The Virgin Media data breach compensation action launched by Your Lawyers has featured in the media today as the company faces a potential £4.5billion compensation bill.
As featured in The Sun, PORN COCK-UP Virgin Media faces £4.5billion fine after exposing customers’ PORN searches, estimated pay-outs could reach the £5,000 mark.
Your Lawyers, a specialist consumer action and data breach law firm, is pursuing compensation claims for the 900,000 Virgin Media customers affected by the breach. You can sign-up to start your No Win, No Fee compensation claim here.
Some 217 patients of Habib Rahman are being invited for a recall consultation by Spire Healthcare after it has emerged that some people may have undergone unnecessary treatment.
Patients who have had shoulder manipulation procedures under general anaesthetic at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull carried out by the orthopaedic surgeon may need further treatment, or they may be told that their operation was not even required. This is not the first scandal to hit Spire Parkway, which was one of the hospitals that former disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson also worked out.
Those affected by the recall are being urged to seek follow up care, and you can speak to our team today for free, no-obligation legal advice.