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Don't let the bad guys get their hands on your data

If you've been a North Carolina business owner for several years or more, you no doubt understand how challenging it can be to keep a business running smoothly and protect the bottom line. Nowadays, the same advanced technology that helps you stay at the top of your game can also place you at great risk for compromised security and data breaches. That said, it's always best to regularly conduct data protection reviews to make sure you're doing everything possible to keep your business information safe.

The last thing you need is for your customers' information to fall into the hands of hackers who may sell it or otherwise use it for criminal gain. To avoid such problems, there are several things you can do ahead of time in order to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

Don’t Get Hacked!

From digital companies like Yahoo to health insurance giants like Anthem, today it seems as if no company, organization or entity is immune from hackers who steal the personal identifying information of unsuspecting customers, clients, patients, subscribers and donors.

In an effort to protect data and thwart hackers’ efforts, businesses, nonprofits and governments are investing billions of dollars in cyber security. Unfortunately, today’s hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated in the methods and technologies they employ to identify and exploit systematic vulnerabilities.

Credit Card Users Common Hacker Targets

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, the average American has three to four credit cards. In fact, increasingly only a dwindling subset of Americans pay with cash, with the majority choosing instead to rely on plastic for everything from buying a pack of gum at the gas station to paying for a trip to the Bahamas.

Today, many Americans don't think twice when handing over their credit card to a retailer or entering in their number to make an online purchase. However, recent reports of hacking and security breaches at several restaurants and hotels across the country serve as an important reminder of just how vulnerable credit card consumers are.

Hackers Take Aim At U.S. Health Care Institutions

From minor illnesses to major surgeries, for North Carolinians who are in need of medical care, their focus is on obtaining the diagnosises, treatment and after-care they need to recover and feel better. Today, however, health care consumers must also be vigilant about how their health care providers gather, store and protect their personal information.

While the increased use of technologies like Electronic Health Records has improved many aspects of health care, it has also opened hospitals and other health care institutions up to the very real dangers of cyber attacks.

Our Firm Is Assisting Volkswagen Owners

Around 11 million vehicles in the United States were affected by Volkswagen emissions software scheme that faked the output of carbon emissions from diesel cars.  Owners of these cars may be entitled to civil damages against VW. Our firm is assisting consumers with these claims. Please call our office at 888-316-3485/910-292-6676 for more information if you own one of the following vehicles:

NC Residents - Call To Action Re: Workers Comp For Truck Drivers

North Carolina residents are urged to call their state senators immediately and ask them to oppose HB 532.  This pending bill repeals existing state law under NC General Statute 97-19.1.  This bill would allow eliminate the requirement that these trucking companies cover their drivers under the company's workers compensation policy.

Bad Infection After Knee Or Hip Replacement Surgery?

If you suffered a serious infection following a knee or hip replacement, you may have a defective medical device claim.  The Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC is investigating claims of patients who developed MRSA, sepsis and other bad infections as a result of the use of a warming blanket during hip or knee replacement surgery.

Current Investigation: Zimmer Persona Knee Replacements

The Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC is cuurently investigating legal claims on behalf of those who have suffered complications as a result of the Zimmer Persona Knee Implant.  This defective medical device was recalled by the FDA in March 2015.  The Zimmer Persona knee replacement recall was due to complaints of loosening.  Symptoms of loosening can be: knee pain, loss of range of motion, difficulty walking, instability and popping.

Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Settled Before Trial

Another important medical device injury lawsuit has settled before trial.  The first federal lawsuit filed against the makers of power morcellators alleging a risk of spreading cancer in women has been settled.   The lawsuit had been brought on behalf of Scott Burkart whose wife, Donna, died from an aggressive uterine cancer, diagnosed days after having a hysterectomy using a power morcellator.  This case was expected to be the first to go to trial.

Second Jury Finds Janssen Failed To Warn Of Risperdal Risks

This year, two juries in Philadelphia have found that Johnson & Johnson division, Janssen, failed to warn about the risk of male breast growth associated with the use of the drug, Risperdal.  In February, a jury rendered a $2.5 million verdict for a young male who had developed size 44DD breasts after using Risperdal for behavioral issues stemming from autism.  In March, in the second trial on this issue, a jury decided that the manufacturer failed to properly warn of the risk of gynecomastia but ultimately ruled that Risperdal did not cause that plaintiff's breast growth.

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