Monadnock hospital settles suit over disability allegations
The hospital cooperated in the investigation and agreed to provide effective communication to deaf and hearing-impaired people in the future under the settlement announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas.
As part of the settlement, the hospital did not admit to any liability.
A deaf woman complained that she was not able to communicate adequately with hospital personnel while receiving medical treatment in 2010 because she was not provide with an American Sign Language interpreter or other auxiliary aids, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office in Concord.
The woman said she had to use her daughter, who was a minor, to interpret for her. Under the settlement, the hospital agreed to pay the woman $5,000.
The hospital agreed to provide services, including interpreters, to hearing-impaired patients in a timely fashion, provide training for staff and file reports to the U.S. Attorney's office.
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