28 Mar 2015

How to Avoid ADA Lawsuits

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Most people who get named in an Americans With Disabilities claim or case in Broward County did not ever intend to hurt anyone or to make conditions difficult for those with disabilities. Even if this is true, you can still find yourself on the receiving end of an investigation that can be damaging for you or your business.

First of all, consider ADA as a civil rights law rather than a set of guidelines related to building code. Even if building plans have been approved per standards, there is a possibility that the plans have not been reviewed thoroughly to ensure compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you assume that your plans were fine because they meshed well with International Building Code standards, you might find yourself named in a federal lawsuit. You can do a lot to protect yourself by being mindful of these standards whenever you are engaged in a new project.

Many businesses make the mistake of thinking that they can wait to make changes to their property after a complaint has been made. While this seems like a cost-saving measure, it can be very detrimental to you if someone does lodge a complaint and you’re named in a lawsuit. It’s a much better idea to be compliant from the outset so that you don’t have to deal with the negative consequences of being named in a lawsuit. Protect yourself and your business by conducting a thorough review to ensure compliance. Document these reviews for your protection.