In today’s digital era, data breaches can happen with alarming frequency. When they involve our health institutions, the stakes are even higher. One such breach occurred in 2023, impacting the patients of Mercy Medical Center – Clinton in Iowa, a member of Trinity Health.
Between March 7 and April 4, 2023, a cyberattack by an unauthorized entity disrupted the hospital’s operations. While patient care remained unaffected, the breach exposed and potentially lost personal, financial, and medical information of nearly 20,865 patients.
This wasn’t the first attack on Trinity Health, which had faced similar threats in 2021 and 2023 across its facilities in 13 states.
The exposed data included sensitive information such as names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, diagnosis codes, treatment specifics, prescription data, and service/discharge details. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Trinity Health offered credit monitoring and identity protection services to those affected.
However, for many, this response was insufficient. Many people affected have initiated a class-action lawsuit against Trinity Health. This lawsuit alleges multiple violations, from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule to failures in adhering to industry best practices and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines.
The claim further argues that Trinity Health’s notification to affected patients was inadequate and lacked the necessary support measures. The plaintiff and class members are seeking damages, a jury trial, lifelong credit monitoring, and identity theft insurance services.
Know Your Rights
Having your information compromised can be highly concerning and stressful. The law offers consumers in this position the right to take legal action and seek various types of relief.
Whether you have already suffered financial harm from identity theft or want to prevent it, you should always consult with a data breach attorney.
An experienced consumer rights attorney can evaluate your options and advise what type of legal action you might take. This might include insurance claims, negotiations with the liable parties, or even joining a class action lawsuit.
Contact a Data Breach Lawyer as Soon as Possible
The data breach at Mercy Medical Center shows the importance of diligence, transparency, and action in response to cyber threats.
In these trying times, hire a trusted partner. At Jacoby & Meyers, we’re ready to help those affected seek justice and ensure that institutions remain accountable. Contact us today or call (877) 565-2993.