Hospitals Infected with Malware could increase risk of injury to patient
Hospitals hit with malware may result in a delay in treatment or an increase in medical errors.
Hospitals have become increasingly the target of cyber attackers as they generally have poor or substandard security. Several hospitals unfortunately last year gave us a preview of things to come if hospitals don’t implement better security measures to counter hackers.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury at a hospital, experienced a medical error, or had a delay in treatment which lead to a worsening of your condition, then you may be eligible to seek compensation against the hospital for negligence.
How the hack cripples the hospital’s ability to function
One of the larger hacks that happened last year affected the MedStar hospital chain that operates out of the Washington, D.C. Baltimore, MD area.
Ten of the hospitals which were hit had a total of 4.5 million patients records they were responsible for looking after. All hospital staff, including employees, doctors, and nurses, were locked out of their computers.
They no longer had access to electronic patient records to view the previous medical history of the patient and were unable to send emails to other hospitals to see if they could pull the records.
The staff was so overwhelmed with problems that eventually, the MedStar hospitals had to turn away patients because they were unable to treat them.
Hospitals will need to continue to update their security
Some medical groups, including the Central Ohio Urology Group, had little to no security to keep hackers from intruding. In order for hospitals to continue to provide the standard of care that is required of them, they will need to adapt to the market changes.
If a patient is injured because the hospital is unable to maintain records of the patient, then that hospital may be found negligent in a court of law.
Abbott Law Group – Hospital Negligence Attorneys
The Abbott Law Group has a team of trial lawyers, legal nurses, and paralegals who have years of experience bringing cases against hospitals who are found to be negligent. If you experienced a delay in treatment, or were the victim of a medical error due to a data breach or an infected system with malware, then you may be eligible to receive financial compensation.
Contact the attorneys at the Abbott Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation to see if you may have a potential case.