The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was passed nearly three decades ago in 1990. ADA is a crucial piece of civil rights law that was introduced to protect Americans having disabilities and prevent discrimination against them. This legislation ensures that individuals with disabilities should have equal access to resources just like others. The ADA Law has been made specifically for individuals having visual impairments, mobility issues, and other disabilities. The ADA has evolved over the years, but the objective remains the same – treating all American citizens fairly, including those with disabilities, so that they can enjoy the same privileges as the others.
Business and property owners need to comply with the ADA. Whether it is building a new commercial premise or renovating an existing one, ADA compliance is a must. Non-compliance with ADA can attract heavy penalties and may even result in civil ADA lawsuits against the violators.
Did you know? Around 95% of the commercial constructions in America violate the ADA. The owners of these commercial establishments are not even aware of it.
What Does it Mean to be ADA Compliant?
The ADA has certain dimensions and measurements that need to be followed precisely in commercial construction. If there are minimum and maximum values for specific parameters, the measures need to be within the range. If there is an exact measurement given for a particular parameter, it must be followed. Even a measurement close to the precise measurement may result in an ADA lawsuit being filed.
ADA is quite complicated and of course, it is not easy for a commercial building to be ADA compliant. This is the reason why most property owners hire an ADA construction specialist.
Which is the best way to prevent or avoid an ADA lawsuit? You already know the answer! Make sure that your commercial building is ADA compliant. But that’s easier said than done.
Tips to Help Eliminate the Risk of an ADA Lawsuit
Get an inspection done immediately
- If you have already been running a commercial property for several years and are not sure whether it is ADA compliant or not, it is best to get an inspection done by a professional ADA construction specialist.
- Inspection from an ADA construction specialist will definitely be a lot cheaper than paying the civil court fees or hiring a civil lawyer.
- An ADA construction specialist can help create a cost-effective and practical ADA compliance plan. This will help your commercial building be ADA compliant & provide a pleasant experience to people with disabilities.
Being a business owner, it is important to avoid any ADA parking violations. With the help of an ADA construction specialist, you can ensure that you have the correct number of accessible parking spaces in your premises, and of course, the appropriate signage too.
Check Those Entry Points
It is important to have ADA compliance entries to accessible parking and the path of travel. The door surfaces, width, and landings must be as per the ADA guidelines.
Accessible Travel Path
The travel path to the front door (entry) must not have steep slopes, steps, inclined ramps, or levels more than half an inch. The travel path must be at least 16 inches wide. Ignoring ADA compliance can prove to be quite expensive. An ADA construction specialist can identify any ADA violations that were made previously and rectify them. This will make your business accessible to all, giving you complete peace of mind from any ADA lawsuits.
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