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Finding Data Breach Solicitors Near Me | No Win No Fee

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 23rd January 2024. Finding data breach solicitors ‘near me’ can be more challenging than you think.

Data breach law is a fairly new and complex field. Data protection breaches can be caused by a range of factors, like sending out an email to the wrong person to sophisticated cyber attacks.

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Finding The Best Data Protection Breach Solicitors

If you would like to use a solicitor to help you make your personal data breach claim, our team of advisors are here to help. They can evaluate your claim in a free consultation, offer free legal advice, and provide more guidance surrounding the claims process. Then, if they find your claim to be valid, they may put you in contact with one of our solicitors.

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  1. Data Breach Solicitors Near Me – Do I Need To Stay Local?
  2. When Can Data Breach Solicitors Help Me Claim?
  3. Can Data Breach Lawyers Help Me Gather Evidence?
  4. How Much Compensation For A Data Breach Could I Receive?
  5. About Legal Expert’s Data Breach Solicitors
  6. More Helpful Links On Data Breach Compensation Claims

Data Breach Solicitors Near Me – Do I Need To Stay Local?

If your personal data was compromised in a breach, you may ask, ‘Do I need to instruct data breach solicitors near me to work on my case?’. You aren’t limited to just working with solicitors local to you. This is because many solicitors are now able to help you over the telephone or online. Instead, if you have valid grounds for a claim, you can instruct a solicitor who specialises in data breach cases.

The benefits of having a solicitor to support your claim include ensuring that it is filed on time and in full. This is important because it could become statute-barred if you miss the time limits, and once you agree to a settlement, you cannot have the claim reopened.

In addition, an experienced solicitor can also help you obtain the evidence required to support your case and guide you through the claiming process.

One of our data protection solicitors could support your claim. They have years of experience working on these types of claims and offer their services under the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement.

An advisor can answer questions on instructing one of our specialist UK GDPR solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis.

When Can Data Breach Solicitors Help Me Claim?

Your personal data may be handled by data controllers and data processors. A data controller decides why and how your personal information will be processed. They may also process your personal information themselves, or they may give this job to a data processor. A data processor handles the task of processing personal data on behalf of a data controller.

When handling personal data, both data controllers and data processors must comply with the rules set out by legislation, the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

If your personal data has been compromised in a breach, you could have valid grounds to claim if you can prove the following:

  • Your personal information has been affected by a data breach.
  • The breach has led you to suffer financial losses and/or mental harm.
  • The data breach occurred because a data controller or data processor did not comply with data protection law.

Get in touch with our advisors for free today to learn more about your eligibility to claim and how our data breach solicitors may be able to help.

Can Data Breach Lawyers Help Me Gather Evidence?

Evidence is a vital component in any data breach claim. You will need to prove liability for the breach of your personal data and the damage you suffered as a result. In the list below, we look at a few examples of evidence that you could obtain to help support a claim for data breach compensation:

  • A letter of notification. If your personal data is compromised in a breach, the organisation must inform you without undue delay if this breach risks your rights and freedoms. They will do this using a ‘letter of notification’.
  • Correspondence between yourself and the organisation. If you suspect your personal data has been breached, you can make a complaint to the organisation. This can be done via email or letter, copies of which could support your claim.
  • Correspondence from the ICO. Should the response from the organisation be unsatisfactory, you can report the suspected breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is an independent body set up to protect information rights in the UK. They could investigate your complaint, and any findings in support of your claim could be used as evidence.
  • Medical evidence. If you are claiming for psychological damage, you can submit a copy of your medical records.
  • Evidence of financial losses. If you suffered financial harm and would like to recover your losses, copies of your credit report or bank statements can help prove this.

A lawyer specialising in data breach compensation claims can help you gather sufficient evidence. Get in touch with an advisor to find out how a lawyer can help and for more information about evidence.

How Much Compensation For A Data Breach Could I Receive?

If your personal data breach claim succeeds, you could receive compensation for your non-material damage and material damage.

First, we’ll discuss non-material damage. This refers to the impact the breach has on your mental health. For example, a data breach might cause you to suffer from anxiety, depression, or even post-traumatic stress disorder.

When data protection solicitors value claims for non-material damage, they may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document offers guideline compensation brackets for different psychological injuries. You can find some examples from the 16th edition of this publication in the table below. Please note that these are guidelines only.

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Mental Harm Type Severity Details Compensation Amount
Very Severe Psychological Damage and Financial Losses Serious Settlements could include compensation for emotional distress that is very severe and the financial harm the breach has caused, such as loss in credit score. Up to £250,000+
Psychiatric Damage Severe The injured person has marked issues across several areas of their life, and a very poor prognosis. £54,830 to £115,730
Psychiatric Damage Moderately Severe In this bracket, the injured party experiences significant problems coping with several areas of their life. However, the prognosis is better than what is found in more severe cases. £19,070 to £54,830
Psychiatric Damage Moderate While there have been problems coping with their life, the claimant has seen a marked improvement and the prognosis is good. £5,860 to £19,070
Psychiatric Damage Less Severe The award considers how long the claimant suffered with a disability and the extent to which it impacted their lifestyle. £1,540 to £5,860
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Severe In this bracket, the injured party will be unable to function at the same level as prior to the trauma and the effects are permanent. £59,860 to £100,670
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Moderately Severe The injured party experiences significant disability lasting into the foreseeable future. However, they are expected to make some recovery with the help of a professional. £23,150 to £59,860
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Moderate In this bracket, the claimant may experience some continuing effects that aren’t grossly disabling but have largely recovered. £8,180 to £23,150
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Less Severe In this bracket, a virtual full recovery within two years has occurred. £3,950 to £8,180

Material Damage Compensation

Material damage refers to the financial losses you experience as a result of a personal data breach. For example, if you need to take time off work to recover from the psychological effects of the breach, this could lead to lost earnings. You could potentially claim these lost earnings back under material damage compensation.

You might be wondering, “Do I need to work with data breach solicitors near me in order to claim data breach compensation?” One of the benefits of working with our solicitors is that they take on claims from all over the country, which means you aren’t limited to working with data breach solicitors in your area. Contact our team of advisors today to learn more.

About Legal Expert’s Data Breach Solicitors

There are various benefits to working with a data breach lawyer for your claim. They can help you with gathering evidence, ensuring your claim is started within the relevant limitation period, and guiding you through the claims process.

If you have a valid personal data breach claim, one of our data protection breach solicitors could help you. Furthermore, they may offer to represent you under a type of No Win No Fee arrangement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

When you make a claim with a solicitor under this type of agreement, they won’t ask you for any ongoing or upfront payments for their services. Additionally, you won’t have to pay them for the work they have done on your claim if it is unsuccessful.

If your data breach compensation claim is successful, they will take a success fee from your compensation settlement. This success fee is legally capped.

To see if you could be eligible to work with one of our data breach solicitors, please get in touch with one of the advisors from our team.

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