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Hearing impaired woman suing Station Casinos over accident

August 27, 2007

A Las Vegas woman is taking Station Casinos to court after an accident that injured her hands and wrists. The woman, who is hearing impaired, says she’s having a tough time communicating.

News 3’s Marie Mortera takes a look at the case and why this isn’t just about compensation.

Lena Morreale has no problem sharing her story. It’s the act of telling it that can get difficult. Through an interpreter, she says she has a pain that doesn’t just sting, it devastates because it has changed her life completely. It was only about 5 years ago when she was picking up her car at Texas Station valet.

“I saw this truck,” Morreale explains. It was speeding, then on the surveillance tape you can see the valet driver make a quick u-turn. “I tried to push away and it hit me and I screamed. He said ‘I’m sorry, I’m not paying attention to you being there. I’m very sorry.'”

But she says the apologetic note the valet left wasn’t enough to make up for what she’s lost: a job as a typist and, more importantly, part of her ability to communicate. “I need my hands, that’s my livelihood, that’s my life. Everything is right there.”

“If you cut off use of hands, wrists, it’s like cutting out their tongues,” Morreale’s attorney Marina Kolias said. Kolias says a settlement offered by Station Casinos isn’t enough. While she says she can’t get into the details for privacy concerns, she says cases like this one illustrate a problem that’s she seen more than once.

“It’s very difficult for the hearing world to understand that hand, wrist injury is just not that. It’s much more of their world,” Kolias said. “And for Morreale, it’s a world that won’t ever be the same. Her doctor has diagnosed her with arthritis that will likely worsen, as will her ability to do something so many take for granted.”

A representative for Station Casinos said they can’t comment on the ongoing case. It’s expected to go before a judge next month.

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  1. Lisa Marie
    August 27, 2007 at 5:24 am

    I hope she will get what she deserves. I think Station Casinos still should be responsbile for the accident.

  2. August 27, 2007 at 8:13 am

    You are violating other people’s copyrights when you post entire articles on your blog without permission to do so. If the original owners found out, you would have a lot of explaining to do.

    You are also exposing the hypocrisy of DeafRead, since their guidelines clearly state that this is taboo:

    3) Pastes or Re-posts
    For example, if someone wants to paste an entire article from the New York Times on their blog site, it won’t be posted on DeafRead.

    I’ve lost track of how many times your “postings” have shown up on DeafRead when they are nothing more than a ripoff of an article from somewhere else.

  3. mtnlady
    August 27, 2007 at 9:16 am

    I do agree with Lisa Marie that what happen to hearing impaired woman suing at Station Casino, she deserved it. Hope, she gets better soon before long.

  4. ASL sucks
    August 27, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Tom, are you stupid? Their guideline says it won’t be posted on Deafread. How the hell does fokkembug have to do with it? It is Deafread who post on their blog therefore they should not post fokkembug’s blog if it is related to articles from the newspaper. Fokkembug likes to share news with people like their quote.

  5. Lisa Marie
    August 27, 2007 at 10:35 am


    ASL Sucks is right because you miss FB’s motto: “Hear all, See all, Know all, and Share all”.

    I don’t want to use all my time to research all the deaf news. FB is a perfect place I read for Deaf news. I’d be happy to give FB a donation, but I need to wait until a right time.

  6. August 27, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Tom –

    ASL Sucks and Lisa already explained so we don’t have to explain everything. Also, we always put a link in each article so others can visit their sites. You have many angry issues on your blog. Try not to spill your anger in here. Maybe you need to take a happy pill. Thank you for being our fan and reader.


  7. Mike
    August 27, 2007 at 11:51 am

    What the hell are you talking about, Tom? It is not all about copyrights….they are bringing the news to everyone. Readers won’t miss the news. Do you know what the word ”share” is? Have you heard of Assoicate Press? They SHARE the articles. Are you afraid to show your 50 cents newspaper to your friend? You are so dumb! Stop whining.

  8. Billythegoat
    August 27, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    I left my comment in Deafrock. I am going to copy and paste it here to save my breath.

    It is the same thing if the cartoonist put the comic strips in the newspaper and said it is from another newspaper. They never put the link how they got it. Same thing goes to the reporter who is not in that area. They would say Associated Press (AP), again NO LINK! They have no respect? Come on. They share the information to the world what’s happening.

  9. August 27, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    ditto to what lisa marie said. the guy even admitted to not paying attention!

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