Targeted ADA lawsuits are on the rise again in the South Bay, particularly focusing on outdoor dining establishments in California. Businesses are being hit with demands to pay thousands to settle or face a court battle.
To avoid costly court fees, businesses can take proactive measures and consider getting a CASp (Certified Access Specialist) inspection to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
CASp Inspections can help business owners avoid costly lawsuits that may arise from non-compliance with the ADA. By identifying and correcting any accessibility issues before they become a problem, business owners can protect themselves from legal action and potential damages. Once an inspection is complete, the business owner is given an ADA Compliance Certificate that can be placed in the window, showing patrons that your business is ADA compliant. This certificate can often deter patrons who intend on filing frivolous lawsuits. It can also aid in settling lawsuits in the business owner’s favor, showing that the business is likely in compliance and that the business owner has intentions of maintaining compliance.
Some of the benefits can include preventing lawsuits, saving money by addressing issues early, expanding your customer base by attracting and retaining customers with disabilities, enhancing your reputation, and staying compliant.
If you’d like a referral to CASp inspection services, All American Inspection & Testing (a born-and-raised South Bay family-owned business) has graciously offered Lomita businesses a discounted rate for inspection. Please contact the Chamber for more info.