The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that makes it illegal to discriminate against people with qualifying disabilities in certain contexts, such as employment, housing, and more. Notably, most commercial buildings are required to be ADA-compliant. If you’ve been accused of non-compliance and are currently facing a lawsuit or you want to proactively ensure your property is ADA-compliant, continue reading and reach out to the seasoned commercial property ADA compliance lawyers here at David A. Gallo & Associates LLP today.
If you are a commercial property owner, you should understand that you are bound, by law, to have certain reasonable accommodations present on your premises for those with disabilities. Just some of the most common types of accommodations you may have to include are as follows:
Ultimately, making your property ADA-compliant and bringing it up to code are one and the same; if your commercial property isn’t ADA-compliant, it likely isn’t up to code, and as a result, you can face a wide range of potential penalties. To start, you can expect to face some hefty fines. For example, in most cases, a first offense can warrant fines of up to $75,000. Second and subsequent offenses can warrant even higher fines.
Additionally, if someone with a disability were to sustain an injury on your property that they wouldn’t have, had the property been ADA-compliant, you could be subject to civil litigation via a personal injury lawsuit. As you can imagine, a successful injury claim against you will also be a massive expense that could even potentially put you out of business. For this reason, it is paramount that you retain the services of our knowledgeable Long Island, NY real estate litigation lawyers who can help ensure your property is ADA-compliant from the start, or if you are already facing a lawsuit, work to reach a favorable outcome on your behalf. We have extensive experience litigating the gamut of commercial real estate matters, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you.
If you’re looking to ensure your building is ADA-compliant or you need a lawyer who can defend you against a lawsuit alleging you failed to make your building ADA-compliant, we are here to help. Contact David A. Gallo & Associates LLP today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.