Providing For The Deaf, Hard Of Hearing Under ADA

Law360, New York (November 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A New Jersey jury recently awarded a deaf woman $400,000 in a suit based on her physician’s failure to provide a sign language interpreter.[1]

While this may have been an unusually large award, healthcare providers often fail to provide adequate communication services for the deaf and hard of hearing in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And attorneys are not much better.

Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with 14 medical and law offices over ADA violations related...
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