Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, P.C. is a Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm experienced in data breach and consumer class action cases. We are investigating claims on behalf of victims of a healthcare data breach involving Cardiovascular Associates (“CVA”). CVA is a medical group of over 20 cardiologists headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, who have eleven offices throughout Alabama.
On February 3, 2023, CVA began sending Notice of Data Breach letters to current and former patients whose personal identifiable information (“PII”) and protected health information (“PHI”) were accessed and taken by an unauthorized third party.
This data breach is significant because the unauthorized third party (hackers) accessed computer systems containing patients’ sensitive, personal data and removed a copy of some of the data including:
The unauthorized actors gained access to CVA’s systems sometime between November 28, 2022, and December 5, 2022, when CVA discovered the breach. CVA then notified the Attorney Generals of California and Massachusetts of the incident and posted a notice on the CVA website on February 3, 2023.
According to CVA, in its report to the Attorney Generals of California and Massachusetts, sometime between November 28, 2022, and December 5, 2022, an unauthorized third party gained access to certain systems that contained personal information and exfiltrated (or removed a copy of) some data from CVA’s networks.
According to news reports of the incident, Information stored on the affected servers included:
CVA has not yet reported how many current and former patients’ information were impacted by the data breach. But CVA did disclose that 163 Massachusetts residents were affected.
It is believed that tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of individuals have been impacted by this security incident given the large size of CVA’s practice.
There are several steps you can take to check if your data was affected:
Monitor your account activity: Check suspicious charges on your financial accounts or statements, monitor your credit reports for any unauthorized financial accounts, and be on the lookout for any mail you receive related to accounts that are not yours. Scammers and identity theft perpetrators often test with smaller charges before charging large bills.
From our experience, we anticipate speaking with current and former CVA patients who are now victims of identity theft and financial fraud due to no fault of their own. Each patient is at an increased risk of identity theft and must spend time establishing safeguards and monitoring their credit profiles and financial accounts. It's not an easy process and we're happy to provide tips to anyone who needs help or they can call and receive a free confidential consultation.
If you would like to have a free, confidential consultation with an attorney to learn more about your rights and potential legal remedies in responding to the Cardiovascular Associates data breach, please call or text Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, P.C. attorneys Jon Mann or Austin Whitten at (205) 322-8880, or email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a Case Evaluation request through our contact page.
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