LI lawsuit claims deaf man denied sign language

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a deaf man has filed a lawsuit against three Long Island medical facilities charging they failed to provide him with sign language interpreters.

Alfred Weinrib's children, who also are deaf, have sued Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip and the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack. They say the 82-year-old Weinrib's rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act were violated.

He died of cancer in April.

Newsday (http://bit.ly/1bKZj6Y ) says the Weinribs claim they weren't even provided a videophone, which is required by law.

Good Samaritan Hospital says its policy is to provide sign language interpretation to all hearing-impaired patients.

Winthrop declined to comment. A spokesperson for Gurwin couldn't be reached.

The suit was filed last week.

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