Wolverhampton Data Breach Solicitors – Expert Claims Support
Welcome to this guide on data breach solicitors for Wolverhampton claims. In this guide, we explain what you may need to know about claiming for a Wolverhampton data breach that has exposed your personal data and caused you to suffer mental or financial harm (or both).
It’s important to note that you don’t have to be restricted to the services of solicitors in the Wolverhampton area. That’s because our solicitors can work for you from anywhere in the country.
Whether the data breach you experienced was due to wrongdoing by a council, a credit card company, your employer or another organisation, this guide shows you the criteria your claim needs to fulfil to be eligible. In the guide, you can find answers to questions relating to data breach claims including:
- What is the role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) when it comes to enforcing the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
- What could constitute a breach of the UK GDPR?
- Would I be eligible to claim data breach compensation?
- What evidence would I need to prove I’ve been harmed by a breach of data protection?
- How could data breach solicitors covering Wolverhampton help me?
- What is a No Win No Fee claim?
Our experts would be happy to help you if you have questions about this area of the law because you think you could have a claim for compensation. We could assess your claim to see if it could result in data breach compensation.
Not only that, but we could connect you with our data protection breach solicitors who offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. They could help you get the compensation you deserve. You can reach our advisors at any time on 0800 073 8804.
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- Our Guide To Working With Data Breach Solicitors For Wolverhampton
- What Is An Example Of A Data Breach?
- How Data Breaches Happen And How You Could Be Affected
- How Many People Are Impacted By Data Breaches?
- What Action Could Data Subjects Take?
- How Much Can I Get For A Data Breach?
- Why Choose A No Win No Fee Data Breach Solicitor Who Covers Wolverhampton?
- Talk To A Specialist Data Breach Solicitor For Wolverhampton
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Organisations that process personal data need to make sure they protect it. This is because there are stringent laws in place that they must abide by. These are enforced by the ICO in the UK.
One of these laws originated in the EU. The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, came into force in 2018. Later that same year, the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) enshrined this in UK law. The DPA sits alongside an amended version of the UK GDPR.
Have you suffered mental or financial harm because your personal data has been exposed due to a data breach? If so, data breach solicitors for Wolverhampton claims could help you claim compensation under a Conditional Fee Agreement. Making a No Win No Fee claim with our data breach claim solicitors could bring you compensation for both emotional and financial harm.
But what is a data breach, and how do you know whether you could have a claim? Read on to find out more.
The ICO defines a personal data breach as being the unlawful or unauthorised access to, alteration of, loss, disclosure or destruction of personal data. It can be deliberate or accidental.
Here are some other definitions:
- Personal data/information is anything that can be used to identify you, whether directly or in combination with other information. For example, your name or bank details are personal data.
- Data subjects is are people whose personal information is processed.
- A data controller is an organisation that decides how and why the data subject’s personal data is processed.
- A data processor is an organisation that may be asked to process personal data on the data controller’s behalf.
For you to be able to claim compensation for a data breach, you’d need to evidence that:
- Your personal information was compromised in the data breach.
- The breach was caused by the positive wrongful conduct of a data processor/controller.
- It caused you harm. The harm you suffer could be emotional, such as anxiety and distress, or financial. Or, it could be a mixture of both psychological injuries and financial harm.
A data breach could be caused by reasons relating to cybercrime. However, data breach solicitors for Wolverhampton could help you with claims related to human error too. Whether accidental or deliberate, you could claim following a data breach.
Examples of personal data breaches include:
- An organisation failing to redact your personal details before sending information to a third party without a lawful reason to.
- Someone sending your personal data to another person in error (by post, fax, or email) and the recipient isn’t authorised to access it but does anyway.
- An organisation failing to dispose of personal data correctly, leading to it being unlawfully accessed.
- Someone leaving a file with your personal data on a train or bus where it is accessed by an unauthorised person.
These are only a few examples. If you’ve suffered due to a different data breach, why not get in touch with us today?
While the ICO Q2 2021/22 security incident trends show a fall in the number of data breach incidents reported from the same quarter the previous year, there were still 2,431 incidents within this time. It might surprise you to learn that the majority of incidents did not relate to cybercrime.
The figures show that the most common cause of data breaches in the period above were data being e-mailed to the wrong recipient. The health sector saw the largest number of data breaches during this period.
You would be wise to report a data breach to the data controller or data processor as soon as you become aware of it. If an organisation has a breach that risks the rights and the freedoms of data subjects, it should inform them of the breach.
Following a data breach, whether you learn of it from the organisation or discover it yourself, the organisation should work with you to resolve any issues.
If you’re not happy with the organisation’s response, or they don’t respond, you could raise concerns with the ICO. The ICO must be made aware of your concerns within 3 months from the date of your last meaningful contact with the organisation. However, you do not need to involve the ICO when claiming compensation for a data breach.
When it comes to the amount of compensation for a personal data breach that you could claim, this could vary. The best data breach solicitors would assess all the evidence to make sure you’re claiming for all you are eligible for. This could include material and non-material damages.
What are material damages?
Material damages compensate you for financial losses caused by the data breach.
If someone steals money from you because your data is exposed, you could claim data breach compensation for this if you weren’t able to recover it. Likewise, if it costs you to repair your credit record, compensation for a data breach could cover this.
What are non-material damages?
Non-material damages compensate you for the psychological suffering caused by the data breach.
If you suffer anxiety, depression or loss of sleep because of a data breach, data breach solicitors covering Wolverhampton could help you claim for this. The psychological or psychiatric injury could bring you compensation, but how much could you seek for PTSD and the like?
The compensation table below includes figures from the Judicial College Guidelines relating to such injuries. Legal professionals use these guidelines to help calculate injuries.
While the amount you could receive would depend on factors such as medical evidence and the severity of your injuries, the table below could give you a rough idea of the compensation appropriate for such injuries.
|Type of injury||How severe is the injury||Guideline bracket for compensation|
|General psychiatric injury||Severe||£51,460 to £108,620|
|General psychiatric injury||Moderately severe||£17,900 to £51,460|
|General psychiatric injury||Moderate||£5,500 to £17,900|
|General psychiatric injury||Less severe||Up to £5,500|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||Severe||£56,180 to £94,470|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||Moderately severe||£21,730 to £56,180|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||Moderate||£7,680 to £21,730|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||Less severe||Up to £7,680|
If you can’t see your injuries in the compensation table above, why not get in touch so our advisors can value your claim for free?
Opting for No Win No Fee solicitors for Wolverhampton data breach claims could be beneficial. After all, under a No Win No Fee agreement, you would not need to pay your solicitor’s fee upfront.
A No Win No Fee agreement can also be referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This document would include the success fee percentage that your data breach solicitors would deduct from your compensation payout in the event of a successful claim. This fee is capped by law to a smaller percentage for your benefit.
What’s more, under No Win No Fee, you wouldn’t pay any upfront solicitor fees and you wouldn’t pay any ongoing solicitor fees either. In addition, if the claim loses, you wouldn’t have to pay a penny in solicitor fees.
Once you sign the No Win No Fee agreement, your data breach lawyers would begin to work on your data breach claim. When compensation comes through, they’d deduct the success fee, and the rest of the compensation would benefit you.
Ascertaining Whether You Can Make A No Win No Fee Claim
Prior to taking on your claim under such terms, data breach solicitors in the UK would need to make sure it had a favourable chance of success. In doing so, they’d need to ascertain:
- Whether your claim was within the relevant time limit: 6 years for claims that aren’t against a public body or 1 year if it is against a public body.
- If a breach occurred and was due to wrongdoing by the organisation that was supposed to protect your personal information.
- Whether the breach caused you financial or psychological harm or both.
If you’d like us to assess your case and connect you with data breach solicitors for a No Win No Fee claim, we’d be glad to help. You can find out how to get in touch in the next section.
Are you ready to talk to us about making a claim for compensation? We’d be happy to help you if you are.
Our data breach solicitors for Wolverhampton claims may not be based locally, but this does not have any bearing on your claim. You do not have to restrict your search for ‘the best data breach solicitors near me’ to get the appropriate support for your claim.
Our solicitors have been credited with great reviews from previous claimants, and we’d be happy to provide you with the same level of service too.
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Local Authority Data Breach Claims –Local Authority data breach claims are explained in detail here.
Data Breach Compensation – Find further guidance on data breach claims and data breach compensation solicitors here.
NHS Data Breach?– If you’ve had your personal data exposed by the NHS and it has caused you harm, this guide could help.
GDPR Legislation– You can see the GDPR in full here.
ICO Enforcement Action – ICO enforcement actions are listed here.
How To Get Hold Of A Data Controller– This search function helps you find data controllers.
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Written by Jeffries
Edited by Victorine