As per data from the National Trade Commission, Florida is among the top 3 states for identity theft and fraud. Crooks in the state use thieved consumer data to thieve individualities and file fake tax proceeds, with the information usually coming from healthcare companies.
Imposters usually aim the least paid healthcare employees and pay them to thieve patients’ Social Security numbers and private information. Several Florida hospices have sacked workers who have been found to have misused their access to PHI and delivered thieved information to identity crooks.
Sufferers of scam can experience substantial damages which can be tough to recuperate. A lawful case can be taken versus the healthcare businesses that undergo internal data breaches, even though the litigations very infrequently succeed.
One lawsuit of this type was filed versus Tampa General Hospital. The lawsuit – John Doe versus Florida Health Sciences Complex Inc. d/b/a Tampa General Hospice – suspected the hospice had been careless for failing to safeguard patient data; broke its individual duty, broke an understood agreement, and breached Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Law.
The petitioners asserted that in May 2014, the hospice had “constructive or actual information that unidentified persons unlawfully retrieved and got Petitioner’s and Class Members’ PII and PHI in Respondent’s custody which contained names, admitting diagnoses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and underwriters.”
The charge listed many instances of data thievery at the hospice between 2012 and 2015, including a case in 2014 that was exposed by the Tampa Police Division. A person was detained and found to be possessing patient files that had been thieved from Tampa General. The person didn’t work at the hospice but had apparently acquired the files from a hospital worker.
As per the complaint, several patients had faced losses because of identity thievery after the theft of files from the hospice. Even if damages had not been endured, patients now confront a bigger danger of fraud and identity thievery because of the hospital’s failure to defend their confidential information. The litigation asserts Tampa General Hospital’s “past of defending patient information has been bad.”
Claims filed against companies that have suffered data breaches hardly win, even when petitioners can verify that harms have been tolerated after a data breach. Nevertheless, the claim versus Tampa General Hospital was fruitful. Tampa General has lately approved a resolution with the petitioner and class members.
Tampa General has decided to pay the petitioners $10,000 in harms and up to $7,500 to cover the petitioners’ lawyer charges and litigation expenditures. To meet the requirements for a part of the payment, petitioners should be capable to show that they have tolerated actual harms as a consequence of the breach.
Tampa General Hospital rebuffs any misconduct and insists that it’s not accountable for the supposed actions of a few of its ex-employees. The decision to resolve the incident was taken to evade the expenditure and problem of taking the case to a hearing.