In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA as it is more commonly known, was passed into law in order to provide equal opportunities for everyone regardless of any disabilities that they might have. As part of the ADA, buildings and public facilities must conform to specific guidelines to make them accessible for everyone. The regulations that are in place and published as part of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design can be complex, and it often takes the help of ADA compliance experts to make sure everything is taken care of. There is no margin for error when it comes to ADA compliance, and a general contractor will likely not have the appropriate level of expertise required to carry out ADA construction work.
It is important to understand that compliance with the ADA is not optional! This is a legal requirement, and the number of ADA lawsuits filed is increasing every single year. There is a minimum of $4,000 of statutory damages payable for each complaint in California, so it is well worth calling the ADA compliance experts before you find yourself subjected to a lawsuit!
How Do I Check if My Building is ADA Compliant?
If you have built your property from the ground up, you will likely already know whether your building is ADA compliant as you would have worked with ADA compliance experts during the design and build process. However, ADA guidelines also apply to existing buildings, so you may not have up-to-date information if you have purchased your facility. The best way to get a full picture of where you are in terms of ADA compliance is to hire a Certified Access Specialist, or CASp, to inspect the building and provide a report on any potential violations. An added bonus that comes with this is that if you have a CASp report and someone files a lawsuit before you can address any violations, the report allows you the right to a court stay to give you time to rectify the problem.
It may seem like an additional expense to hire ADA compliance experts like a CASp, but it really is a valuable investment for your business. You could download an ADA checklist online and conduct your own inspection, but this is not an official document, and you may not be as accurate as a qualified professional would be. In ADA construction, there is no margin for error. The difference between compliance and non-compliance can be a matter of millimeters. Suppose you consider the potential cost associated with an ADA lawsuit. In that case, it is much less expensive to spend money on the proper inspections from ADA compliance experts in the beginning than to wait for forced compliance via a lawsuit.
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Why Wait to be “Forced” into ADA Compliance. If you are a public business or public property owner, save money, lawsuits, time, and headaches by being prepared and avoiding it all in the first place. It’s time to call in the ADA pros. Use Protrk to Get it Done Right Prior to Forced Compliance.
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