LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The largest urology care provider in the greater Louisville area has agreed to pay $60,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing people with reduced mobility equal access to its services and equipment.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, the allegations related to First Urology’s “lifting policy,” which stated that it would not assist patients in transferring to exam tables or other equipment. of diagnosis. First Urology’s policy denied patients full and equal access to the services it provided, as it required some mobility-impaired patients to bring their own equipment, friends, family or companions to facilitate their transfer, in order to be treated.
If the patient did not bring equipment, friends, family, or attendants to assist in the transfer, First Urology refused treatment for that patient. These allegations were raised by three patients who also filed a complaint against First Urology.
“The ADA is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities,” said Michael A. Bennett, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. “Daily activities include medical services, and no patient should be denied health care due to mobility impairment. »
Under the terms of the agreement, First Urology will ensure that medical equipment and accessible rooms are available for patients who need them. This may include the use of an accessible exam table, Hoyer lift, gait belt or transfer board, or rails and other stabilizing equipment. First Urology will also modify its policies and practices, train its staff on the ADA and the terms of the agreement, and periodically submit reports on its compliance with the terms of the agreement.
Of the $60,000 paid by First Urology, $45,000 will be distributed to three patients who were denied treatment and $15,000 will be paid as a civil penalty in the United States.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica RC Malloy investigated the case, which was heard in U.S. District Court in Louisville.