Lawsuit says lack of sign language interpreter kept pair from communicating effectively during emergency

April 7, 2011 in Advocacy & Access
 

 

Deaf woman says hospital did not provide interpreter, sues;

Lawsuit says lack of sign language interpreter kept pair from communicating effectively during emergency
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun, 3/24/11

A deaf Maryland woman and her mother, who is also deaf, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against  St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, alleging that the hospital refused to provide — or pay for — a sign language interpreter when the younger woman experienced a medical emergency in late 2009.

Plaintiffs requested but were denied sign language interpreter services and were thus unable to communicate effectively with Defendant’s medical personnel during critical periods,” reads the 11-page civil suit filed by Jennifer Simmons of Frederick and Susanna Paulay, who lives in New York.