Court Allows Hospitals To be Sued Over Deaf Services

Summarized by Kolby Burger, staff writer

Two hospitals located in South Florida are at risk of being sued after a court ruling in favor of the hospitals was overturned. The Baptist Hospital of Miami and South Miami Hospital and their parent organization, Baptist Health South Florida, are currently being sued after Cheylla Silva and John Paul Jebian, who are deaf, claimed that the hospitals did not provide appropriate communication aids when they needed care. The debate is that even though the two patients were not given an appropriate communication aid there were no medical consequences neither did it hinder their communication of medical complaints. Even though there are some who do not believe the lawsuit should go further in the court of law a panel of the appeals court said the lawsuit, brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act should be allowed to move forward.

You can read more about the case here.

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