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Eastleigh Data Breach Solicitors – Expert Claims Support

Did you know that you could be represented by data breach solicitors for Eastleigh if you were the victim of a breach? Additionally, did you know you won’t have to use a firm of solicitors local to you when you file a claim?

Our guide provides essential reading on data breach claims, when one could be valid and how to go about filing for compensation. The UK General Data Protection Regulation and the updated Data Protection Act 2018 are both UK laws that govern the use of personal data.

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Data breach solicitors for Eastleigh

We explain the role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regarding data protection laws. Moreover, we provide advice on when to contact the ICO if you believe your personal information is exposed or compromised. In addition, we have included a table within our guide that provides an idea of the level of material damages awarded in data breach compensation claims that are successful.

At Legal Expert, we provide you with a telephone consultation that is free of charge. You can ask questions about claiming compensation, while an experienced adviser can assess your case. If we find you have good reason to file a claim, we could connect you to a specialist lawyer who could offer you a No Win No Fee service.

If you need to speak to our team today, please call 0800 073 8804. To find out more about data breach claims and what is needed to prove your case, please read this article by clicking the headings below.

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A Guide To Data Breach Solicitors For Eastleigh

When you give any personal data to a company or public body, you become known as a data subject. The entity that gathers your data is referred to as a data controller. Sometimes data controllers outsource data processing to data processors, and sometimes they process the information themselves.

You could seek data breach compensation providing you can prove the incident caused you harm. Additionally, you must show the breach could have been avoided had the data controller taken the necessary steps in protecting your data. Our guide provides advice on when a claim could be valid. We offer information on how data breach solicitors for Eastleigh claims could offer you No Win No Fee terms. Furthermore, we explain how a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) works and the benefits it offers you.

There is a table that offers an idea on how much could be paid in non-material damages for specific mental harm caused by a breach. We also explain what material damages you could claim.

To discuss your case with an experienced advisers, please call our freephone number found at the top of the page. The Legal Expert team can provide you with free advice and they can answer any queries you have about data breach claims.

My Data Privacy Was Breached What Should I Do?

A breach of your data privacy is defined by the Information Commissioner’s Office as a security incident where information that identifies you is unlawfully or accidentally:

  • Disclosed
  • Destroyed
  • Accessed
  • Altered
  • Lost

The data could be exposed accidentally or deliberately in a breach. However, if the data controller had in place all precautions necessary to protect your information, yet a breach occurred, your claim will unlikley succeed. That said, if the party responsible failed to protect your data, or they did not adhere to data protection laws, you could potentially sue for data breach compensation.

Additionally, you have to show that the data breach caused you mental illness and/or monetary losses.

To discuss your case with with a friendly adviser, please call today on the number found at the top of this page. Our team will assess your claim, provide you with free legal advice, before advising you on how best to proceed.

How Could Human Error Cause Your Data To Be Compromised?

The majority of breaches in data security happen due to human error. However, cyber-crime also accounts for a percentage of breaches. Furthermore, a data breach could happen accidentally as well as deliberately. Below you will find examples of data breaches that could be caused by human error:

These are just some of the ways human error may cause a breach in data security. If you would like to discuss whether you have a valid case to sue for data breach compensation, please call us today.

Key Statistics On The Prevalence Of Data Breaches

Data controllers must report notifiable breaches in data security to the Information Commissioner’s Office in a timely fashion. The report must be made to the ICO within 72 hours of a breach. The ICO publishes these reports every quarter on their website. The graph below provides information on data security incidents that occurred in the second quarter of the 2021/2022 financial year.

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To find out if you have a valid claim and to see if data breach solicitors for Eastleigh could offer you No Win No Fee terms, please get in touch today.

What Action Can I Take And Do I Need To Contact A Data Breach Solicitor?

Although there is no legal requirement to have a specialist solicitor, it may be in your best interests to seek legal advice. This is because data breach claims tend to be complex and legal terms can be confusing. Specialist solicitors have the legal expertise to handle difficult claims. Moreover, you won’t have to use a solicitor local to you because all discussions can be done remotely over the phone or by other means.

Firstly, you need to show that a breach of your data privacy occurred. Secondly, you must prove the breach caused you psychological harm, monetary losses or both. You could use the following to show a data breach has occurred:

  • A data controller informed you of the data breach and that your freedoms and rights are affected. Organisations must inform of a breach as soon as possible. All correspondence you receive from the data controller can be used as proof to support your case
  • You can write a formal letter to the data controller to ‘raise your concerns’. If you receive a reply from the organisation, it can be used as evidence in your claim
  • You could contact the ICO although you are not obliged to. However, you must contact within three months of the last ‘meaningful’ contact you had with the data controller responsible.

To find out if you could possibly sue for data breach compensation, please call our advisers today. The legal Expert team can also let you know whether any data breach solicitors for Eastleigh claims could offer you No Win No Fee terms.

What Payout Or Settlement Could You Get For A Data Breach?

When you make a successful data breach claim, you could receive two sorts of damages. These are non-material damages for the mental harm you suffered, and material damages for your monetary losses. The table below covers non-material damages for psychological harm a breach caused and the amounts are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Courts, solicitors and insurers refer to the guidelines when valuing claims.

Harm/damage sufferedSeverity of mental harmPotential compensation awards in non-material damages (Judicial College Guidelines)Notes
Psychological harmModerately Severe £17,900 - £51,460Victims suffer moderate to severe mental harm. It impacts their ability to work and normal life to some degree.
Psychological harmLess severeUp to £5,500Victims suffer minor mental harm some of which could be persistent.
Psychological harmSevere£51,460 - £108,620Victims suffer extremely severe psychiatric harm impacting every aspect of their lives including their ability to work.
Psychological harmModerate£5,500 - £17,900Victim suffers moderate psychiatric harm and it impact their lives to a degree.
Post-traumatic stress disorderLess Severe £3,710 to £7,680Victims suffer minor symptoms of PTSD but is expected to recover within 2 years.
Post-traumatic stress disorderModerate£7,680 to £21,730Victim experiences moderate symptoms of PTSD. However, the prognosis is positive.
Post-traumatic stress disorderModerately Severe £21,730 to £56,180Victim experiences moderately severe symptoms of PTSD but with the right therapy their symptoms are expected to lessen over time.
Post-traumatic stress disorderExtremely severe £56,180 to £94,470Victim experiences severe symptoms of PTSD affecting their lives as well as their ability to work.

The compensation payout you could receive depends on the severity of the psychological harm a breach caused you. As such, a medical report provided by an independent specialist may be needed. This detailed report will show the extent of the mental distress the breach caused you and it would also provide a prognosis. The solicitor who takes on your case can arrange for you to be examined by an independent medical specialist who is local to you.

Data Breach Solicitors For Eastleigh And No Win No Fee Agreements

If you are concerned about the cost of hiring a lawyer you have the option of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor. All cases need to be reviewed to establish that you have good reason to sue for compensation. Fortunately, we can assess the details of your claim before advising you accordingly.

There is no charge for this first consultation. If we find you have a valid case, we will appoint a specialist data breach solicitor for Eastleigh compensation claims. They could offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. However, the solicitor would make sure you still have time to claim because there is a statutory time limit. This could be 1 year or 6 years.

The solicitor who agrees to take on your case will send you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to sign. Once you return the signed contract, the solicitor can immediately start work on your case without asking you to pay an upfront fee. The solicitor will not ask for any ongoing fees as your case progresses either because this is set out in the Terms and Conditions of the CFA you signed.

A No Win No Fee agreement also sets out the ‘success fee’ you pay a solicitor. The amount is deducted from the compensation and the rest is sent to you. Success fees are legally capped and agreed upon at the time you sign the No Win No Fee agreement.

To find out if you have a valid data breach claim, and to establish which time limit applies to your case, please call us today. Our advisors can also advise you whether data breach solicitors for Eastleigh claims could take on your case.

Contact Data Breach Solicitors For Eastleigh And Discuss Your Case

To start your claim today with data breach solicitors for Eastleigh claims, please reach out to an adviser today. You can speak to our team in the following ways:

Our lines are open 24/7.. Plus, you will benefit from a free initial, no-obligation consultation. You can ask any queries you have and our team will determine whether you could sue. You can also check out our online reviews.

Other Claims Data Breach Solicitors For Eastleigh Could Handle

Information on the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018)

The Role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

The UK General Data Protection Regulation 7 Key Principles

A guide to lost data claims

More information on No Win No Fee data breach claims

Claiming compensation for Post-traumatic stress disorder

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