Oregon Lawsuit Over Translation That Sent Medics To Wrong Spot

April 17, 2014

  • April 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    Kate Bereket says:
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    This situation may likely have been caused by a lack of education and lack of mechanical mindset by the caller; it is so easy to blame the well trained 911 operator.

    It is commonly known that many immigrants that live in the United States don’t speak English and many blame language as the barrier. It is also known that in many of these cases, immigrants come to America from smaller towns and villages in foreign countries where addresses are simply labeled as proximity from a common site. As an example, this wouldn’t apply to West European immigrants.

    This may be a good lesson to reduce illegal immigration and increase the educational process as a requirement for new immigrants applying to enter the United States. Not only would this be helpful to the country where one is applying to live but also in a case of emergency, the immigrant would be better versed to handle the situation.

    Having said this, there are situations where a 911 operator may have made an error or been caught up in a stressful moment. People should help one another rather than cast blame. This is a sad case for all concerned!

  • April 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    joe says:
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    this comment will irritate some, but I don’t see why they have to provide an interpreter.
    I wouldn’t go to a foreign country (or move to one) and expect when I called that they provide an interpreter for me.

    • April 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm
      New Bob says:
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      Joe,
      I personally could not agree with you more. Why has the PC world that we live in decided that this is not an English speaking nation after all. Mexico does not provide these types of services to English speakers.

  • April 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    Not really irritated, Joe says:
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    But since the 911 system exists to help people in emergencies, would an interpreter not fall under the definition of “help” no matter where you are?



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