Education Report:  Sign Language Interpreters in Medical Settings

Imagine getting sick in, say, rural China. You’ve studied a bit of Chinese and decided to travel there. Then your stomach starts to hurt. A lot. No one at the hospital — from doctors to receptionists — speaks English, so when you try to communicate your symptoms in English, no one understands. They talk to you in Chinese and you understand the basics:  lie down here; where does it hurt? But you need to tell them your medical history; they need to tell you their diagnosis and proposed treatment. Now imagine you’ve come to the hospital in extreme pain, or severely injured in a car accident, or in labor. This is the experience Deaf people encounter every day in their own country in hospitals and doctors’ offices:  they need to explain their symptoms and history and to understand their diagnosis and treatment options in their native language — American Sign Language (ASL) — while medical personnel attempt to communicate with them using written notes or lip reading.  Since ASL is a completely different language from English — and the latter generally a second language for most Deaf people — this puts the Deaf patient in the same situation as the traveler above.  And written notes? Even if you’re fluent in English, imagine conducting your next doctor’s appointment — or emergency room visit or childbirth — by writing notes back and forth with doctors, nurses, and technicians; now imagine (if you’re native English speaker) writing back and forth in French or Russian. Imagine being a doctor and trying to obtain informed consent under these circumstances. Medical personnel should be insisting...

Welcome Marième!

CREEC welcomes our winter extern Marième Diop to our Denver office! Marième is a junior at Swarthmore College — Amy’s alma mater — and is originally from Senegal!  She grew up in Dakar, and moved to the US in 2012.  She is interested in social justice, traveling, and languages.  At Swarthmore, she is double-majoring in psychology and Spanish and Latin American literature. Marième will be with us for a month, before taking off for a semester in Uruguay.  She’ll be attending client and counsel meetings, educational presentations, and court hearings, and generally getting to see our practice up close. We’re very excited to have her at CREEC.  Stop by and say hello!...

Welcome, Jean!

CREEC is very excited to introduce our new paralegal, Jean Peterson! Jean graduated from the American University with a B.A. in International Studies. Following her legal interests instead of her degree, Jean began working for the U.S. Department of Justice in D.C. in their Securities and Financial Fraud Unit. In her time with the Department, she worked on both large financial and government procurement fraud cases. Through her time there, she became interested in the aspects of discrimination on everyday life for individuals across the country and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a group focused on that. Jean can be caught riding her horse, hiking, or exploring farmers markets on the weekends. We’re very glad Jean has joined us and very proud of Team...

Site Surveys!

One of my favorite things to do is to get out of the office and do site surveys.  This week, I got to check out curb ramps with our terrific co-counsel, Maya Abela from the Arizona Center for Disability Law (who definitely had the cooler sunglasses)               and brilliant expert Eric McSwain from Access Compliance Consultants, Inc.                     We had a hot, sunny, successful survey day.  Looking forward to working with this team!...

Your chance to office (in Oakland) with some of the Coolest Lawyers Ever!

Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho has office space available for sublease:  Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.  Located in the heart of Oakland’s Lake Merritt business district Class A Office Space (1) large, lake view office approximately 18’ x 14’ 4” (259.2 square feet) Large, lake view open work area will accommodate 2 work stations, includes built-in desks with drawers approximately 17.2 x 14.6 (251.12 square feet) (4) cubicles each approximately 8’ x 10’ Would consider subleasing individually Access to lobby/waiting area; conference rooms; kitchen; in suite restrooms East access to freeways and BART Professional lobby with 24/7 building security For more information please contact:  Susan Forst @ Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho sforst@gbdhlegal.com Main:  510.763.9800 Direct: ...

CREEC and allies file amicus brief on mootness question in SSA overpayment case

“Oiling the squeaky wheel should never erase the responsibility of our government to treat all of us fairly.” –Lindsay Nako, Impact Fund On June 24, 2016, CREEC, Impact Fund, and Justice in Aging, joined by a coalition of twelve other nonprofit allies, filed an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit in a case against the Social Security Administration. The court will review SSA’s attempt to unilaterally moot the claims of potential class representatives challenging SSA’s practices for recouping alleged benefit overpayments that happened many years ago. The brief emphasizes the economic vulnerability of those affected by SSA’s ongoing policies and practices, and the importance of preserving access to class actions as a way to address these issues in a systemic fashion. To learn more about the case and the brief, check out Impact Fund’s blog...