Are Hospitals Required to Provide Sign Language Interpreters?

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, and its language made clear that discrimination based on someone’s disability is prohibited by law. The law allowed those with disabilities to receive the services available to everyone else, but unfortunately, the law is not always followed. When this happens, especially in hospitals, the consequences can be grave.

The results of failing to provide accommodPicture of a paralyzed man using his wheelchairations for a disability hit one family particularly hard. Recently, a deaf New York man entered a hospital to be treated for serious health issues, including diabetes and kidney disease. According to a lawsuit filed against the hospital, the man requested an interpreter to explain the seriousness of his condition to him and provide him with thorough knowledge of how to proceed, but after waiting for hours, an interpreter never showed. A few days later, the man died from complications related to his conditions that he did not know how to handle. The family alleges that the hospital’s failure to provide an interpreter lead him to be unaware of how to take his medication, causing his untimely death.

Unfortunately, this family’s ordeal is not unique. Failure to provide appropriate accommodations is often the cause of tragedy.

Can I Sue a Hospital for Negligence?

There are many laws that protect people from discrimination in hospitals the United States. If something happened to you or a loved one as a result of a person or entity violating these laws, an experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney can help you understand how to file a civil suit against the party in question. To learn more about our firm and how we can help, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and make sure to check our blog for frequently updated articles on personal injury and more.

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