Rusty has been around the Deaf Community his entire life. Growing up with an older sister who is deaf, he is aware of Deaf culture and understands the challenges the Deaf are confronted with on a daily basis. As an attorney, Rusty is committed to protecting the rights Deaf people have to equal access to activities, programs, housing, technology, and travel. If you or a family member needs a Deaf-rights advocate, call our Baton Rouge office today.
We Are Prepared to Meet Your Needs
While other law firms may be willing to take your personal injury or discrimination claim, they will not be equipped to offer the same services for the Deaf that we offer at the Bianca Law Firm. In fact, we are one of the very few Deaf-friendly law firms in south Louisiana. What’s the difference? At Bianca Law, you will find the following:
- An attorney who can communicate with his Deaf clients through ASL. Rusty is a never-ending student of ASL and makes every effort to use ASL with his Deaf clients.
- A Deaf legal assistant who will immediately put you at ease in our office and make sure your needs are met.
- An ASL interpreter as needed to ensure there is no miscommunication over important legal matters.
- A videophone and other Deaf-friendly technology to provide you with full access to our legal services.
Whether we are representing you in a discrimination lawsuit or providing Deaf-friendly representation in a car accident claim or industrial work accident case, you can be sure we will do everything we can to make sure you understand the law.
Know Your Rights
We understand that the continuing and constant struggle of the Deaf for equal access and equal opportunities to education, healthcare, justice. and any number of other activities the hearing community takes for granted.
There are several federal laws that protect the rights of the Deaf community, including the following:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Title I of the Americans with Disability Act applies to private employers with 15 or more employees and state and local governments as employers. ADA Title I prohibits these types of employers from discriminating against people with disabilities.
- Title II of the Americans with Disability Act requires state and local governments to make the programs, services, and activities that they offer to the public just as accessible to people with disabilities as those who do not have disabilities.
- Title III of the Americans with Disability Act requires places of public accommodation (private businesses who open their doors to the public) to ensure that the disabled has access to all that the business has to offer. These types of business include hotels, movie theaters, restaurants, doctors offices, and hospitals, just to name a few.
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- The Rehabilitation Act (RA) prohibits any federal agency or any program receiving federal financial assistance from excluding a disabled person from participation in, or from receiving benefits from the government agency or program.
- Affordable Care Act.
- Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits any healthcare provider who receives federal financial assistance from excluding a disabled person from participation in, being denied the benefits of, or to be subjected to discrimination.
- Louisiana Commission on Human Rights.
- the LCHR (La. R.S.: 51:2231 et. seq.) prohibits discrimination by denying disabled persons the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation.
If you feel like your rights—or those of a child or other family member—were violated under any of these acts, schedule a consultation with Rusty in our Baton Rouge office.
If You Are Deaf, We Are the Law Firm for You
No other law firm in south Louisiana has a better understanding of the challenges you face as a member of the Deaf community, nor a better understanding of the laws that protect you from discrimination. If you need to file a personal injury claim or you have a discrimination claim against an employer, hospital, or business, look no further than the Bianca Law Firm. Call to schedule a free consultation today.