Blind Patient Receives Settlement from Nash Hospitals, Inc. – Disability Rights North Carolina

Blind Patient Receives Settlement from Nash Hospitals, Inc.

Posted on:

December 2, 2020

Last updated on:

January 15, 2021

Written by:

Susan McLean

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DRNC Newsfeed, Press Release

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Accessibility Discrimination lawsuit

National Federation of the Blind and DRNC are also parties

Raleigh, North Carolina (December 2, 2020): Nash Hospitals, Inc. will pay $150,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees to settle legal claims by a blind Rocky Mount, NC man whom Nash General Hospital refused to provide written materials in Braille. The National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights organization of the blind, and Disability Rights North Carolina also agreed to not pursue further litigation against Nash Hospitals, Inc. for its past failures to provide written materials in formats accessible to the blind.

John Bone received emergency medical care at Nash General Hospital. Mr. Bone’s claims stemmed from his inability to read bills and other communications from Nash relating to his medical care because they were not provided to him in Braille, either at all or on a timely basis, resulting in collection agencies pursuing him for debts that he was unaware he owed. Importantly, these debts are also being forgiven as part of the [...]

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