By Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A deaf couple alleges two suburban New York hospitals denied them a sign language interpreter in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The Journal News ( ) says Alfred and Maritza Ortiz, of Sleepy Hollow, charged in a lawsuit they endured humiliation and emotional distress at Westchester Medical Center because of their disability.

The hospital didn’t return a call for comment.

Alfred Ortiz was hospitalized there after suffering a heart attack.

The suit also names Orange Regional Medical Center where Ortiz was later admitted. The couple says they also were denied an interpreter there. The hospital wasn’t aware of the suit and declined comment.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial and asks both hospitals be ordered to implement sign language policies.

The lawsuit was filed in White Plains federal court.


Information from: The Journal News,

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