In response to a class action lawsuit, Maxim Healthcare Services has reached an agreement to address claims arising from a data breach that occurred in 2020. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that Maxim failed to adequately safeguard their information during the cyberattack. According to the lawsuit, unauthorized individuals managed to gain access to certain email mailboxes of Maxim, thereby compromising personal information and personal health information.
Furthermore, the lawsuit asserts that Maxim could have prevented the breach by implementing appropriate cybersecurity measures. If you have been impacted by the data breach that occurred around November 4, 2021, you should have received an email or postcard informing you about the class action settlement. Your inclusion in the settlement indicates that your information may have been compromised during the breach.
Eligibility criteria: Who qualifies for compensation?
If you are uncertain about your eligibility for the settlement or have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact us at 833-630-8181. To submit a claim, eligible individuals can visit the Kroll Settlement Administration site, where the necessary information and forms will be provided. To ensure you stay informed and take necessary action, please make note of the following important dates related to the Maxim Healthcare Services settlement:
- Deadline for Exclusion and Objection: June 23, 2023. This is the last day to exclude yourself from the settlement or raise any objections if you wish to do so.
- Deadline for Submitting a Valid Claim Form: July 24, 2023. To receive settlement benefits, eligible individuals must submit a valid claim form by this date.
- Final Approval Hearing: July 28, 2023. The final approval hearing for the Maxim Healthcare Services settlement will take place on this day.
Settlement compensation amount: What will you receive?
Under the terms of the settlement, eligible individuals may receive the following monetary reimbursements. Flat Monetary Reimbursement for Extraordinary Expenses: A maximum reimbursement of up to $5,000 is available for extraordinary expenses incurred as a direct result of the data breach.
Lost Time Expenses: Class members may be eligible for reimbursement of lost time expenses, up to three hours at a rate of $20 per hour, with a maximum reimbursement of $60. California Residents: Class action members who resided in California between October 1, 2020, and December 4, 2020, will receive an approximate amount of $100.
The $100 for California residents can be combined with a claim for documented extraordinary expenses. However, it cannot be combined with the lost time expense reimbursement. To receive reimbursement, class members must complete and submit a claim form along with reasonable documentation demonstrating that the data breach directly caused the incurred costs.
Please refer to the provided settlement documentation for further instructions on how to submit your claim form and supporting documentation for reimbursement.
What was the Maxim Healthcare Services data breach and how it affected customers and patients
In 2022, a significant lawsuit was filed against Maxim Healthcare, a medical staffing company based in Columbia, Maryland. This prominent healthcare company, highlighting serious concerns regarding their data security controls and protective measures for patient data.
According to the lawsuit, Maxim Healthcare’s data security controls were deemed inadequate, leaving patient information vulnerable to unauthorized access. The plaintiff argues that the company failed to employ appropriate measures to safeguard patient data, exposing them to potential harm.
During the breach incident, Maxim Healthcare announced that it had taken immediate action to address the situation. The company stated that they had implemented additional security protocols, including the introduction of Multi-Factor Authentication for all email accounts. Furthermore, they transitioned to a new Security Operations Center equipped with advanced detection and response capabilities. However, the plaintiff stated that the company delayed implementation of basic, industry-standard security measures suggests a prior lack of proper cybersecurity protection.
That ended in patients’ and customers’ data being left vulnerable to be used in wrongful manners.