Physical injuries are never welcomed. Pain, stress, anxiety, emotional trauma, mental trauma, and a loss of potential income are only a few possible ramifications of physical injuries. Injuries can be made even more complicated and confusing if they come about due to a breach of data.
A data breach is when a security breach happens that results in private, sensitive, protected, or confidential data or information end up in the hands of someone who is expressly not supposed to have it. This can result from someone stealing the data or someone with access to it sharing it or giving it away inappropriately. Data breaches have serious, long-term, adverse effects and can reduce millions of people’s safety and security.
The following will explore some of the steps you need to take if you or someone near you experienced a physical injury due to a data breach. As with any legal advice you find online, it is always ideal to speak to a legal professional to understand how the information applies to your particular situation.
Seek Medical Attention
Before anything else, make sure the injured person has sought medical attention. Experts as Spaulding Injury Law emphasize that immediate medical care can help reduce the risk of injuries causing lasting damage, especially those like brain injuries that emerge slowly over time. More than this, it will result in the creation of a medical record that might be needed later on, depending on how the injury and data breach is dealt with.
Ensure that all physical sensations are reported to a medical professional whether or not they feel related to the injury. Sometimes the body works in mysterious ways. Sometimes shock or other physiological responses can prevent a patient from understanding the fullest extent of their injuries. A symptom might seem frivolous, but it needs to be reported if the slight sensation gets more prominent as time passes.
Take Photos, Videos, And Screenshots Of Anything You Think Might Be Relevant
Make sure to take photographs of the injuries and any damages done as well as screenshots of any relevant digital evidence (such as who was logged into the company system and when). This information can turn out to be incredibly useful to law enforcement, an attorney, and/or a judge.
If the premises have CCTV recordings, be sure to collect these videos as well. Beyond the obvious uses, a forensic data analyst might need to get involved to figure out what went wrong data-wise, and all this information could be useful to them. If you are unsure whether something is relevant, save it or record it to be safe.
You might, at first, want to conceal some of this information due to embarrassment or frustration with your internal securities team. It’s important to note that data breaches are not as uncommon as you might think. In particular, healthcare records are often targeted by hackers and data thieves.
Contact An Attorney As Soon As Possible
After seeking medical attention, reach out to an attorney before interacting with any insurance company regarding the injury. Collecting forensic data evidence can take some time as it often requires the help of experts. Beyond this, most states have laws regarding how long people are allowed to press charges after an incident. To be given as many options as possible, reach out for a consultation early. Most lawyers offer free consultations for just this reason.
The above steps should help you understand what you should be doing immediately after there’s an injury related to a data breach. Data breaches are serious offenses and need to be addressed immediately in order to protect the data of your customers and employees as well as the safety of those who work on company premises.