Where Can I Find Lawyers for the Deaf and Blind?

Where Can I Find Lawyers for the Deaf and Blind?

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Where Can I Find Lawyers for the Deaf and Blind?

Unfair or discriminatory conduct against deaf and blind individuals can occur at work, on public transit, and even when getting medical treatment. However, you do not have to stand for injustice and can fight back. If you are deaf, deaf and blind, or hard of hearing, and a victim of discrimination or other injustices, you deserve access to the best possible legal representation. 

Finding an excellent lawyer can be an uphill struggle for the deaf and blind. Moreover, you do not just want to work with any lawyer. You deserve someone who understands your challenges and has the right experience to tackle your specific legal problem. 

Morgan & Morgan’s determined and compassionate disability lawyers can be here for you. We handle all types of discrimination and fight vigorously for the rights of clients who experience unfair and discriminatory treatment. You do not have to spend hours and days finding a lawyer for the deaf and blind. Contact Morgan & Morgan now for a free case review to find out how we can help.

Finding an Excellent Lawyer for the Deaf and Blind

It is understandable that deaf and blind individuals may prefer a lawyer who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, or blind themselves. However, the best lawyer for your case is usually the one experienced in handling your specific legal issue or problem. For example, if you are fighting against discrimination in the workplace, a lawyer predominantly dealing with litigating slips and falls would be ill-suited to help you. Therefore, when searching for a lawyer to represent you, make sure you pick one that has handled your type of case before and can look back on a successful track record. 

Here are some steps you can take to find an excellent attorney or advocate in your state who could help you get justice if you are suffering from unlawful discrimination or another legal issue: 

  • Ask your co-workers, friends, and family members if they can recommend a good lawyer family.
  • Visit your local library and ask a librarian for help with finding a local lawyer in a directory.
  • Contact your state’s office responsible for helping citizens with disabilities for assistance with finding an advocate or attorney and accessing your state’s legal services.
  • The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has at least one office in every state that could help you with legal advice and finding lawyers.
  • Look up your state’s “bar association” website on the internet and use the search function to locate a lawyer, or contact the bar association directly for help. 

Arranging Free Consultations

While perhaps the most important part of choosing a lawyer is that you feel comfortable and trust them, you should also ensure that they have the right experience and expertise to handle your case. Questions you can ask when meeting your prospective attorney or their legal team include:

  • Do you have experience with discrimination cases? 
  • How long have you practiced law?
  • Have you handled cases like mine before? What was the outcome?
  • Do you have client reviews?
  • Have you won discrimination lawsuits at trial?
  • Who would be my point of contact in the office?
  • What are my costs if I win or lose?

While most attorneys do not offer specific legal advice during the first meeting, they should inform you whether you have a case. Your potential lawyer should also provide you with a brief overview of their general strategy and how they would handle your case. 

A Good First Impression

The first meeting allows you to determine whether a lawyer is the right fit for you. A good lawyer will not simply tell you what you want to hear but give you an honest assessment of your chances. They will weigh the pros and cons of filing legal action and inform you accordingly. Most importantly, perhaps, an excellent lawyer should make you feel at ease and give you the time and personal attention you need. They should also take your concerns seriously and answer your questions faithfully. If the attorney seems rushed or uninterested, you could have a good indication of how they might handle your case. On the flip side, if your attorney comes across as genuine and enthusiastic about working on your case, you probably found a good match.

Remember to Ask About Fees

Remember to mention attorney’s fees during the first meeting and before signing any agreements. While it is always challenging to talk about money, it is a necessary topic when you are thinking of hiring a lawyer. You do not want to encounter any unexpected fees later on in the process. While most discrimination attorneys work on a no-win-no-fee basis, which means you do not pay any fees until you receive the settlement.  Others charge hourly fees, which could be expensive whether you win or lose the case. 

The Americans With Disabilities Act 

According to the United States Courts, civil rights lawsuit cases excluding disability cases decreased 12 percent from 2005 to 2017. In stark contrast, filings of lawsuits involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) increased by 395 percent during the same timeframe. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities and ensures that they have equal opportunities in employment, public accommodations, government services, housing, transportation, or other circumstances. 

Private and public entities must not discriminate against the deaf and blind and those with other disabilities. Furthermore, disabled individuals are entitled to reasonable accommodations at work and elsewhere. Public accommodations and commercial buildings must comply with accessibility standards as per the ADA. If you have are the victim of unlawful discrimination or experienced a lack of access, or denial of reasonable accommodation, you could have a legal case. Our lawyers can determine whether you could file a lawsuit and receive compensation.

Morgan & Morgan Is Here for You 

You do not have to search endlessly to find a lawyer for the deaf and blind. Morgan & Morgan’s motivated and experienced disability lawyers know how to handle all types of discrimination lawsuits, including:

  • Denial of a service or emotional support animal
  • Denial of reasonable accommodations in the workplace and during recruiting
  • Denial to programs and services
  • Unfair housing practices
  • Accessibility issues

Legal Problems Unrelated to Your Disability Rights

There are times when we all need legal advice and assistance, whether for a car accident injury, a slip and fall, or another legal issue. Our lawyers are committed to providing equal access and accommodation to individuals with disabilities so they can access all the help we can offer. Morgan & Morgan wants you to have the best chance at winning and receiving what you deserve. We have a team of over 1,000 attorneys, each with their unique experience and practice area, and can find the best lawyer for your specific case. Our lawyers are ready and waiting to help you.

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Get answers to commonly asked questions about our legal services and learn how we may assist you with your case.

  • What Are My Basic Rights as a Deaf and Blind Individual?

    Whether you are hard of hearing, deaf, or deaf and blind, you have a number of rights under the ADA. In general, you must not be denied equal enjoyment of services, privileges, accommodations, and advantages that local and state governments provide.  You also have the right to communicate effectively with government agencies, businesses, and other organizations. Therefore, you must not be denied services and auxiliary aids that facilitate communication. You may have rights to the following and other assistance: 

    • Interpreters and qualified readers
    • Information in braille, large print, or as an audio recording  
    • ADA-compliant websites
    • An assistive listening device (ALD)
    • Computer-assisted transcription

    As a disabled individual, you also have numerous employment, recruitment, and training rights. Moreover, restaurants, hotels, schools, medical centers, and many other public and private entities must comply with the ADA to provide equal access for all. If you are not sure whether your rights under the ADA were violated, we can advise you and could help you move forward with a claim.

  • My Landlord Denied My Service Animal; What Can I Do?

    A service animal is usually a dog trained to perform certain tasks for an individual with a disability. A service animal can help a deaf and blind person manage their daily life and alert them to potential dangers. 

    If your landlord does not allow you to keep a service animal, they could be violating the ADA and Fair Housing Act (FHA), and you could sue them. Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), a person with a disability can keep a service or emotional support animal even if pets are not permitted in the lease. A landlord may not deny the disabled individual a service or emotional support animal. If your landlord refuses to allow an assistance animal despite a written request from a medical professional, our attorneys could help you file a discrimination claim. 

  • Can an Employer Ask Questions About My Disability?

    During the application and recruitment process, an employer must not ask you if you are disabled or question you about the scope or nature of your disability. However, an employer is entitled to ask you questions regarding the duties and tasks of the job. For example, they can ask you if you need a reasonable accommodation to perform a certain job duty. They also ask you to explain how you would perform the duties of the job, whether with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Do All Employers Have to Provide Accommodations for the Deaf and Blind?

    According to accessibility.com, one in four Americans, all potential employees, live with a disability. The provisions in the ADA can help disabled individuals find and retain suitable employment and receive the accommodations needed to have equal access to work. The ADA applies to most private employers and government agencies, unions, employer agencies, and others. Although private employers with fewer than 15 employees are generally excepted, state laws may require them to provide certain reasonable accommodations. 

  • What Are Some Examples of Reasonable Accommodations?

    Reasonable accommodation in the workplace can include anything that helps to make the current facilities accessible and usable by disabled individuals, such as: 

    • Restructuring a job
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Modifying work equipment
    • Modifying training and examinations

    Determining what is appropriate reasonable accommodation depends on the individual and the nature of work. 

  • What Are Places of Public Accommodation?

    Under the ADA, places of public accommodation can include but are not limited to:  

    • Hotels, inns, and motels
    • Restaurants and bars
    • Movie theaters, concert halls, and entertainment venues
    • Universities, convention centers, and lecture halls 
    • Grocery stores, retail stores, and shopping centers
    • Offices
    • Hospitals and health care providers
    • Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
    • Public transportation stations, airports, and ports
    • Galleries, museums, zoos, and libraries
    • Public and private schools
    • Places of exercise such as a gym, pool, and others.

    There can be many more places of public accommodations. If you are not sure whether you experienced a lack of accessibility or other discrimination at a place of public accommodation, let us assess your specific incident and inform you of your potential legal options.

  • How Much Does a Disability Lawyer Cost?

    Morgan & Morgan believes that excellent legal representation should be available to all, regardless of financial means. You do not have to worry about upfront attorney’s fees, hidden costs, or unpleasant surprises when we handle your case. There won’t be any out-of-pocket expenses. Our fee is always free unless and until we win and you receive compensation.

  • Morgan & Morgan Can Fight for Your Rights

    Individuals with disabilities can face many challenges, whether at work or elsewhere. If you are looking for a lawyer for the deaf and blind, whether for a discrimination lawsuit or another legal issue, Morgan & Morgan has your back. With decades of experience, a team of 1,000 lawyers nationwide, and over $20 billion recovered in damages, you are in good hands. Our clients are like family, and we want them to have the best possible legal representation. When you work with us, you will receive the personal attention, time, and care that you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation.

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