- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors have reached a settlement with Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital to ensure effective communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a statement Tuesday that care can be negatively affected when a deaf patient or caregiver can’t understand what’s happening.

Federal prosecutors investigated after receiving a complaint from a deaf patient who communicates using American Sign Language. He said he went to Grady after falling from a ladder and was unable to understand most of what he was being told.

Grady has agreed under the settlement to ensure effective communication. Among other measures, the hospital will provide mandatory in-service training to its emergency care center staff. The hospital also agreed to pay $5,000 to the patient who complained.

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