Anyone who received a notice stating that their information may have been exposed in a data breach involving Tampa General Hospital.
What’s Going On?
On July 19, 2023, Tampa General Hospital alerted the public to a data breach reportedly affecting more than one million patients and staff members. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now looking into the security incident and whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of affected individuals.
How Could a Class Action Help?
If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could allow victims the chance to recover money for any harm experienced as a result of the data breach. It could also force the hospital to improve its data security standards.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak to anyone who received notice from Tampa General Hospital that their information may have been compromised in a data breach discovered in late May 2023.
Reports have surfaced that more than one million patients and staff members may have had data as sensitive as Social Security numbers and birth dates stolen after a “criminal group” gained access to the hospital’s network and obtained certain files from its systems.
It’s now being investigated whether Tampa General Hospital had proper data security standards in place prior to the breach and, if not, whether a class action lawsuit can be filed.
Tampa General Hack: What Happened?
Tampa General Hospital announced that it discovered “unusual activity” on its computer systems on May 31. An investigation revealed that an “unauthorized third party” had gained access to the hospital’s network from May 12 to May 30.
Tampa General said notification letters would be sent to those whose information may have been compromised in the event, which was also reported to the FBI.
Information compromised in the data breach varies by individual and may include any of the following:
Social Security numbers
Health insurance information
Medical record numbers
Patient account numbers
Dates of service
Limited treatment information
How Could a Data Breach Lawsuit Help Me?
If filed and successful, a lawsuit could help victims of the Tampa General Hospital data breach recover money for:
Time lost responding to the breach (monitoring accounts; placing credit freezes or alerts; addressing fraudulent uses of information, etc.)
Out-of-pocket losses resulting from the breach, such as the cost of credit monitoring and identity theft protection services
Compensation for damage to credit
Compensation for loss of privacy
A successful case could also force Tampa General Hospital to implement better data security practices to ensure patients’ sensitive information remains protected against future data breaches.