Friday, June 24, 2016
Were they Hacked?
Blog Written by Chad Snow, Founding Partner/Attorney
Snow, Carpio & Weekley
A recent Federal lawsuit filed by an injured worker in California is claiming that three of the nation’s largest workers compensation insurance carriers hacked into her lawyer’s database to illegally obtain information. The suit, filed in California, is seeking class action status. It was filed by Adela Gonzalez, a client of the Los Angeles workers compensation firm of Reyes and Barsoum.
The suit claims that three large workers compensation carriers hired private investigators to hack into the firm’s database “to get to thousands of attorney/client privileged documents” of injured workers and their lawyers so that the insurance carriers could gain an advantage in litigation and save money on judgments and settlements.
If the allegations are true, it is a damning confirmation of how far carriers will go to avoid paying out benefits to injured workers. It is also a reminder to attorneys who represent plaintiffs of all kinds that some insurance companies will stop at nothing to save money in order to increase their profits, including cyber-espionage.
We here at Snow, Carpio, and Weekley take the security of our clients’ personal and claim information extremely seriously. But this is a reminder that we always need to be vigilant.
If you or someone you know has been hurt on the job or has an disability that could prevent them from working for at least one year, contact Snow, Carpio & Weekley for a free consultation by calling toll-free at 855-325-4781. You may also visit us online at www.workinjuryaz.com