If you have been a patient at South Shore Hospital in Chicago, IL, you may have been negatively affected by a data breach of the IT systems that contains patient and employee information. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, there were 115,670 individuals affected by this breach.
The allegedly exposed information includes “patient names, Social Security numbers, contact information, dates of birth, financial information, diagnosis, medical data, health insurance policy numbers, and Medicare or Medicaid information.” South Shore Hospital became aware of this breach on December 10, 2021.
Patients and employees were likely required to share their personal and sensitive information in order to receive their healthcare or work for South Shore Hospital. In turn, this healthcare institution owes a duty to protect this information. However, this hospital failed to honor this duty when it allegedly allowed unauthorized users to access the information in these sensitive files.
During this time, patients’ sensitive information has likely been exposed to cybercriminals and may soon be, it not already, fraudulently used. Attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of data breach victims. We are currently investigating this matter, as well as other data breaches. If you believe that your information may have been unlawfully accessed, please contact us to discover your legal options.