Thursday, 5 September 2013

Hospital fined $55,000 for failing to accommodate deaf family.

Falls Church-based Dominion Hospital has agreed to pay $55,000 to two deaf parents and their adult son after the parents alleged that hospital officials failed to provide them with sign language interpreters and other accommodations while their son was being treated, authorities announced Wednesday.

The settlement — negotiated with U.S. attorneys in the Eastern District of Virginia — also requires that the hospital train staff members on the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act and adopt specific procedures to make sure deaf patients and their family members are given proper accommodations, authorities said. Dominion Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Ozmar said in a statement that although hospital officials “believe we acted appropriately and followed the law, we are pleased to have this resolved, and we will comply with the terms of the agreement.”

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