Va. Hospital Settles Lawsuit Over Services for Deaf

March 30, 2011

Inova Health System has settled a lawsuit with the Justice Department and a deaf couple alleging that its hospitals failed to routinely provide interpreters as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The settlement announced Tuesday requires Inova to provide interpreters or other services as needed when requested by deaf patients.

A deaf couple sued the hospital system last year, alleging that Inova Fairfax Hospital failed to regularly provide interpreters when their newborn baby was suffering life-threatening complications that required open heart surgery.

The Justice Department intervened in the lawsuit on the couple's behalf, resulting in the settlement.

Inova had been under a similar consent decree from 2007 through 2009. The hospital issued a statement saying it was pleased to have resolved the lawsuit.

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