Data Breach Class Action Attorneys
Investigating Class-Action Claims for Consumer Information Leaks Nationwide
If your sensitive information was leaked in a recent data breach, Bradley/Grombacher LLP can provide the legal support necessary to hold responsible parties accountable for negligent data security measures. You entrust businesses and organizations with all kinds of private information, and cybercriminals are always looking to take it.
Businesses that collect and store your personal information have a legal obligation to protect it from wrongdoers, but data breaches happen more often than you’d think. Negligence is often a factor in consumer data breaches, which means you can hold businesses accountable for mismanaging your data.
Our data breach attorneys can help you investigate your claim, which may evolve into a class-action lawsuit. This legal action can seek damages on the behalf of everyone whose data was involved in the breach.
Learn more about how Bradley/Grombacher LLP can help during a free consultation. Contact us online or call (888) 418-7094 for assistance now! Serving clients nationwide.
How Do I Know My Data Was Involved in a Breach?
Companies are legally obligated to notify consumers when they discover a data breach.
You can expect such notification to come in:
- An email
- As a banner on the company’s website and/or app
- Or even a letter. In many cases, companies also issue public statements about the breach
If you are unsure if your information was stolen, online resources like HaveIBeenPwned.com and Firefox Monitor can check if your email was associated with a recent data breach. If it was, that might indicate other sensitive information was also at risk.
What Kinds of Data Do Cyber Criminals Want?
Internet wrongdoers want any kind of information that’s uniquely tied to you. With enough pieces of information, cybercriminals may be able to open new lines of credit, take out loans, empty bank accounts, and wreak all kinds of other havoc in your life.
Cybercriminals conduct data breaches to collect information like the following:
- Your name
- Phone number
- Email address
- Account names
- Social Security Number
- Banking information
- Credit card information
- Medical information
- IP address
Our data breach attorneys know how serious it is when any kind of private information falls into the wrong hands. If this has happened to you, you can hold negligent parties accountable by filing a class-action lawsuit. We serve clients across the Nation.
What Is a Class-Action Lawsuit?
A class-action lawsuit is a civil lawsuit brought on behalf of a group of people, alleging that members of the group were similarly aggrieved by a defendant’s conduct.
Data breach class-action lawsuits, then, are legal actions brought forward by one or more named plaintiffs on the behalf of everyone whose data was involved in a breach. Typically, data breach class-actions allege that the parties responsible for protecting sensitive information were negligent in ensuring its security.
What Are the Potential Damages from a Data Breach?
Any successful lawsuit involving a data breach must prove that the plaintiffs have suffered (or imminently will suffer) in one or more ways because of the defendant’s negligence.
Some of the types of damages that can be awarded include the following:
- Actual Misuse: The plaintiffs’ data was used to steal their money or property, damage their credit, file a fraudulent tax return, or even conduct criminal activity.
- Heightened Risk of Injury: Even if a data breach victim has yet to suffer from fraud or identity theft, damages can be awarded to account for the increased possibility of such an incident occurring.
- Devalued Personal Information: As mentioned before, your personal information has value. A data breach lessens that value, and a lawsuit can award damages to account for that loss.
- Emotional Distress: Experiencing a data breach can cause emotional suffering. Data breach victims can have their lives irrevocably upended when their information is stolen and may need to pay medical expenses to recover from the trauma.
Actual monetary awards for damages will depend upon the size and scope of the lawsuit. Attorneys will take a limited fee, and the remainder is distributed among the class members.
Bradley/Grombacher LLP Is Here to Help
If your private information was involved in a data breach, you can file a class-action lawsuit to help yourself and others like you. The combined experience of our legal team at Bradley/Grombacher LLP can help you take the necessary steps toward holding negligent parties accountable for mishandling your information. We serve clients nationwide!
Learn more about what we can do for you during a free consultation. Contact Bradley/Grombacher LLP online to get started.