When something goes wrong, it’s not uncommon to feel powerless. This is especially true when you are a victim of a cyber-attack and have been the victim of a data breach. Even though your personal data has been compromised, you may still not know the extent of the damage.
If you are wondering how to claim compensation, if you have suffered as a result of a data breach, then this article is for you. We will explore what constitutes a data breach, how to make a claim for compensation after a data breach and how a claims solicitor can help you in this difficult time.
What is a data breach?
A data breach is when a person or organisation accidentally or deliberately releases your personal data. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, address, email address, telephone number or medical records.
There are many ways in which your data can be breached, including an unsecured website, a malicious insider or an unencrypted laptop that’s lost or stolen. Any breach of security that leads to the accidental or unlawful disclosure of your personal data is a data breach. The data breach may occur within the organisation that holds your data or it may occur when an outside organisation or individual gets access to your data.
How to claim compensation after a data breach
To be eligible for compensation after a data breach, you will need to prove that the breach has caused you loss. In most cases, this loss is financial, but it can also be emotional or a cause of real anxiety.
For example, if a data breach has led to fraudulent activity on your credit card, you could make a claim for compensation. Keller Postman UK can help you prove that the breach has caused you loss and that you are entitled to make a compensation claim. They will take steps to start the claims process and negotiate with the organisation responsible for the data breach.
3 ways a claims solicitor can help you
- Answering your questions: The process of claiming compensation after a data breach can be confusing and full of legal jargon. Your solicitor will be able to walk you through the process and answer your questions along the way.
- Negotiating on your behalf: A claims solicitor will be able to negotiate on your behalf to get you the best possible settlement. You don’t want to go up against a large company on your own, it is likely that they will take you to court, which will be stressful and time-consuming.
- Taking care of the paperwork: The process of claiming compensation after a data breach can be very time-consuming. You will need to provide evidence of the damage caused by the data breach and any loss you have suffered. A claims solicitor will take care of the paperwork so you can focus on recovering from the breach.
A data breach is an unfortunate event that can have a massive impact on your life. In most cases, it can take several months for an organisation to investigate a data breach and confirm that your personal data has been compromised.
A claims solicitor will take steps to start the claims process, negotiate with the organisation responsible for the data breach and take care of the paperwork so you can focus on recovering from the breach.