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Were you harmed by a data breach? Would you like to know how data breach solicitors for Solihull could represent you? Businesses and organisations that collect personal data are known as data controllers and must follow data protection laws. They must adhere to the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR)  and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). When an organisation fails to protect your data, you could have grounds to sue.

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Data breach solicitors for Solihull

However, data breach claims can be complex affairs. That is why we always advise getting the help of a specialist. However, you may be put off hiring representation because of the cost. This is where Legal Expert can help you. We have a skilled team of advisers ready to assess your case. They will do so on a no obligation basis. Furthermore, your initial consultation is free. An adviser can tell you whether you have grounds to sue. Moreover, they can explain whether data breach solicitors for Solihull claims could represent you.

For more information and expert advice, please get in touch by calling 0800 073 8804. If more convenient, you can fill out our online claims form. To continue reading our guide, please click on the sections that follow.

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Overview Of Data Breach Solicitors For Solihull

Have you been the victim of a data breach? If so you may be able to sue for damages. However, for a claim to be valid, specific criteria must be met. Our guide provides information on the laws that protect your data. We explain how data breach solicitors for Solihull claims could represent you. Furthermore, our guide goes into what you could do if you think your information has been compromised.

A breach in data security can have long-lasting consequences. Your personal and sensitive data could be exposed causing you stress. It could lead to monetary losses. If this is the case, and you suffered mental harm, financial losses, or both, you could have grounds to sue. However, a valid data breach claim must meet the following criteria:

  • Firstly, the allegedly responsible party failed to protect your personal information correctly.
  • Secondly, as a result of their actions or inactions, you suffered psychological harm, monetary losses, or both

If you cannot show both of the above, you will not have grounds to file a data breach claim. Another important consideration is the time limits associated with this type of claim which are:

  • 1 year
  • 6 years

Because there is a difference in the time limits, you may want to contact a solicitor as soon as you can. A member of the Legal Expert team can let you know which time limit applies to your case. Call today to find out more.

What Is A Data Breach UK?

A breach in data security, is an event that results in your information being compromised in some way. When you provide personal information to an organisation, you are referred to as a data subject. The organisation that gathers your information is known as the data controller. Some data controllers outsource the task of processing personal information to third parties known as data processors. Under UK law all data controllers must safeguard the personal data they hold.

The definition of a breach in data security is “data lost, accessed, destroyed, disclosed, altered without a legal basis or by accident ”. The most common cause of a data breach happens through human error. However, a breach can be a deliberate action, an accidental breach, or malicious actions. Fortunately, data breach solicitors for Solihull take on all types of claims no matter how they occurred.

Some typical examples of a data breach are:

  • Unauthorised persons are granted access to your data by a data controller/processor
  • The wrong person is sent your medical records
  • Data controllers/processors fail to install robust cyber security to help reduce a cyber attack
  • Case studies are sent out without your data being redacted

Data controllers must protect personal and sensitive data they hold under the UK GDPR and DPA 2018 data protection laws. If they fail to do so and your data is exposed, you could have grounds to sue. However, if the data controller did all they can to protect your data yet it was compromised, you may not be able to claim compensation.

Call a member of our team to find out whether you have grounds to make a claim. A skilled adviser will review the details of your case before advising you accordingly.

Examples Of Ways In Which Data Breaches Occur

Some examples of data breaches include the following:

  • Social Services data breach – sharing confidential information without a lawful basis.
  • The wrong person is sent another person’s data in an email which could lead to an email data breach claim being filed
  • Cybercriminals access a bank’s system because of inadequate cyber security this leads to a bank data breach claim being made

Find out whether you could file a case with the assistance of data breach solicitors for Solihull by calling today. A member of our team can assess your case and provide free legal advice.

Data Breach Frequency

The 6th survey published by the Government – Cyber Security Breach Survey 2021 found that breaches in cyber security are considered a serious threat to all businesses and charities. Four in ten (39%) of businesses as well as a quarter (26%) of charities reported breaches or attacks in a 12 month period (survey published in March 2021). However, human error accounts for a high percentages of data breaches.

The graph below has statistics taken from the Information Commissioner’s Office ICO site. The ICO who is responsible for governing data protection laws publishes information about reports of data security incidents in various sectors. We have used this information to compile the graph below. It is for non-cyber security data incidents for the second financial quarter of 21/22.

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Call today and speak to a member of the Legal Expert team. An adviser can review your claim details before advising you on how best to proceed.

Do You Need To Claim With An Expert Data Breach Solicitor?

Were you the victim of a data breach? Do you need assistance? We can provide you with free legal advice when you get in touch. Although you are not obliged to have legal representation, it can pay dividends if you do. Data breach claims are complex and there are specific procedures to follow. A specialist lawyer knows what needs to done, and what evidence is required to support a claim.

This is where a member of the Legal Expert team can help you. We provide an initial consultation that is free of charge. Moreover, you are not obliged to go forward with a claim. Once we determine you have grounds to sue, you could be offered No Win No Fee terms by data breach solicitors for Solihull compensation claims.

What Could A Data Breach Claim Be Worth?

If you win your claim, you may be awarded non-material damages for any psychological harm a data breach caused you. As such you could claim for the following:

You could also be awarded material damages in a successful data breach claim. Material damages are awarded to reimburse any monetary losses or lost assets.

The table below shows compensation payouts which are based on the Judicial College guidelines. Courts and legal experts use these guidelines to value a claimant’s injuries. As such, the amounts provided account for non-material damages awarded in successful data breach claims. However, because every claim is different, the amounts in our table are offered as a guideline only.

Level of psychological harm/damageSeverityPotential non-material damagesFurther details
Psychological harm / damageModerately severe mental harm£17,900 - £51,460Claimant suffers moderately severe psychological damage which negatively impacts their future lives. Symptoms may continue over a long time impacting the claimant’s ability to lead a normal life
Psychological harm / damageLess severeUp to £5,500Claimant suffers minor psychological harm but some symptoms could persist.
Psychological harm / damageSevere£51,460 - £108,620Claimant suffers severe psychological harm and the symptoms they experience negatively impact their future lives. As such, the quality of their life is seriously impacted as is their ability to carry on working
Psychological harm / damageModerate£5,500 - £17,900Claimant suffers moderate psychological harm which impacts their quality of life to some degree. Claimant’s symptoms may persist but are deemed minor
Post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSDLess Severe£3,710 to £7,680Claimant is expected to make an almost full recovery within a period of 2 years of an incident
Post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSDModerate£7,680 to £21,730Claimant is expected to largely recover from the psychological harm they suffered over time. However, the claimant may experience symptoms linked to Post-traumatic stress disorder for some time after the event
Post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSDModerately Severe£21,730 to £56,180Claimant suffers moderately severe symptoms associated with PTSD which causes them to suffer. However, with the right treatment and therapy, the claimant’s symptoms may improve over time but some symptoms may persist anyway
Post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSDSevere£56,180 to £94,470Claimant suffers extremely severe symptoms linked to Post-traumatic stress disorder which negatively impacts their ability to work and their quality of life as well as their relationship with other people

Call our team of advisers for a more accurate estimate of how much your claim might be worth. We can also let you know if Data breach solicitors for Solihull could offer you No Win No Fee terms.

Why Use Data Breach Solicitors For Solihull On A No Win No Fee Basis?

When you file a data breach claim, although it is not compulsory to have a solicitor represent you, you may want the help of a specialist but be worried about the fees this may include. If so you could hire a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. However, your case must be valid for a solicitor to offer you these terms. When we establish you have grounds to sue, we can connect you to No Win No Fee data breach solicitors for Solihull claims. In short, you won’t have to pay upfront or ongoing fees. In fact, a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) states that you only pay when you receive a compensation payout.

If your claim fails, you won’t pay the No Win No Fee solicitor a ‘success fee’. However, when you receive your compensation payout, you pay the legally capped success fee to the solicitor. Entering into a No Win No Fee agreement with a solicitor provides many benefits. This includes:

  • The success fee is taken out of your compensation payout, with the majority being paid to you
  • There is no risk of having to pay the solicitor if your case fails
  • You won’t have to pay upfront solicitor fees.

There are many benefits to working with a specialist solicitor when you make a data breach claim. The solicitor who takes on your case has the legal expertise to manage all aspects of your case. This includes the pre-action protocols, all communication with the party responsible, and compensation payout negotiations.

Discuss Your Case With Data Breach Solicitors For Solihull

Please use the details below to find out whether you can work with data breach solicitors for Solihull to make a claim. A member of the Legal Expert team is here to answer any questions you have and please feel free to check out our online reviews.

All calls are treated with the utmost confidentiality. Our skilled team of advisers can let you know whether your claim is valid. This can be achieved in a no obligation, initial consultation which is free of charge.

Extra Helpful Resources

Information Commissioners Office guide on your data matters

Your data protection rights

Voicing your concerns to the ICO

Social Services data breach claims guide

Council data breach claims guide

Unauthorised access to medical record claims guide

Guide by Woods

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