GHV has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tanesha Navarro, a deaf woman from the Bronx, New York, against the Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. and the Mount Sinai Hospital, for discrimination based on disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law.
The suit relates to Ms. Navarro’s 3-day hospitalization at Mt. Sinai Hospital without effective communication, during the birth of her son. Ms. Navarro communicates in American Sign Language and needs qualified sign language interpreters to participate in her own health care. During her hospitalization, she repeatedly requested interpreters so that she could communicate with her healthcare providers, but the hospital, despite acknowledging an inability to communicate effectively, refused to provide interpreters and instead relied on gestures and other ineffective means of communication. As a result, Ms. Navarro was unable to provide details about her medical history and was prevented from access to communication relating to tests, procedures, diagnoses, medications, and instructions for follow up care. She experienced pain, confusion and great emotional distress because of the lack of effective communication.