The recent data breach against Anthem Health Insurance has given the issue of medical identity theft national exposure and left millions of Americans insured by Anthem wondering if their personal data is now in the hands of identity thieves. While it may take a serious cyber-attack to raise awareness, medical identity theft has been a growing problem for quite some time.
According to research by the World Privacy Forum, more than 2 million Americans are victims of medical identity theft, and the number of cases increased by 22% in 2014. This is certainly an alarming trend.
One of the reasons why medical identity theft has become such a popular crime is because it’s very difficult to figure out that you’re a victim. As a result, it’s important to carefully monitor your credit report on a regular basis, and keep an up-to-date paper copy of your medical records on file. You should also request a copy of all insurance benefits paid in your name at the end of the year to make sure no false claims were made under your identity.
Based on data released by the World Privacy Forum, medical identity theft is most common in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois. If you’ve been the victim of medical identity theft in the Los Angeles area, Howard Silver can help. He has more than 25 years of experience handling these complex claims, and he can make sure your rights are protected every step of the way.
Please contact the Law offices of Howard D. Silver by email or call (855) 341-2611 today to schedule your free identity theft consultation. Mr. Silver serves clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Riverside Counties, and throughout California.