Lawsuit: Hospitals failed to provide interpreter for dying, deaf man

A deaf man's family claims he died of malignant melanoma after three Long Island medical facilities failed to get him a sign-language interpreter, which kept him from fully understanding his cancer diagnosis, the New York Post reported. The family of Alfred Weinrib has filed suit in a Brooklyn federal court against the organizations. According to the suit, Weinrib, 82, of Queens, N.Y., went to Winthrop University Hospital in 2012 with seizures, where he didn't get an interpreter. The same thing happened at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Good Samaritan Hospital. Weinrib's family claims, without an interpreter, those facilities' doctors couldn't explain diagnosis and treatment options in a meaningful way and performed procedures without clearly explaining to Weinrib the risks and benefits. Article

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