If so, your Identity may have been compromised...
Advocate Medical Group, part of the largest health system in Illinois, recently announced a security breach that puts over 4 million current and former patients at risk of identity theft.
If You Were An Advocate Patient At Any Time In The Last 23 Years,
YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION.
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Background Of The Potential Case Against Advocate Medical Group
On July 15, 2013, burglars stole four computers from an Advocate Medical Group administrative office in Park Ridge, IL. Sources cite a lack of 24/7 security and no alarm system on the premises.
The unencrypted (not secured) data stored on the hard drives of the stolen computers include the information of patients just like you. This could include your Social Security numbers, names, addresses, DOBs, medical diagnoses, medical record numbers, medical service codes, and health insurance information. This information goes as far back as the early 1990s.
How This Could Harm You
This type of sensitive data can be used for an array of fraudulent activity. Identity thieves may open lines of credit in another person’s name and rack up debt. The innocent party may be unaware of any such illegal activity until they receive a call from collections. Criminals may pin their criminal record to an unsuspecting victim’s identity. Health data such as insurance information, medical record numbers, and medical diagnoses can be used to commit Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance fraud. It takes a long time and several thousands of dollars before a victim can undo the damage caused by identity theft.
It took over a month for Advocate Medical Group to publicly acknowledge the problem. Eventually, the company apologized for the security breach and provided patients with one year of credit-monitoring services. But if identity thieves have access to your Social Security number now, there is little reason to believe they won’t have access to it a year from now. Advocate Medical Group’s lax building security measures and lack of encryption software is inexcusable. The data encryption process takes only a short amount of time and comes highly recommended by government agencies. Advocate Medical Group’s failure to adequately address the long-term possible consequences of their actions for over 4 million patients is astounding.
Consumer privacy laws throughout the United States require companies like Advocate Medical Group to safeguard users’ information and report breaches promptly. Class-action attorneys are investigating Advocate Medical Group’s security lapse. If you have questions or information about this incident or Advocate Medical Group’s security practices, we’d like to hear about your experience.
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We are a law firm investigating a potential lawsuit against Advocate Medical Group in an attempt to vindicate patients’ rights and obtain redress. Here is more information about Advocate Medical Group’s security lapse and class actions:
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