How Supreme Court Case Could Affect the Availability of Emotional Distress Damages in Civil Rights Lawsuits

The Supreme Court is gearing up to make a very important decision that will determine if a patient can sue a federally-funded health care provider for emotional distress for failing to make accommodations for their disability.

The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling, in this case, is of interest because it will affect multiple other civil rights statutes, including statutes that cover schools.

The case, Keller v. Premier Rehab Keller PLLC (No. 20-219) involves a deaf and blind woman who was denied a sign language interpreter by a health care provider in Texas. Her attorney alleges she is entitled to emotional distress damages due to disability discrimination under the American with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Read more on how this case and how it could affect the availability of emotional distress damages in student civil rights lawsuits against schools.

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