ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits are on the Rise

June 15, 2018

 

In order to avoid litigation, companies should review their websites for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

In addition to ensuring that their premises and equipment are accessible to persons with restricted mobility and that patients who are deaf receive appropriate accommodations to ensure that they can effectively communicate regarding their medical condition, health care practices are now confronting a new disability access issue: insuring that their websites are accessible to patients who have visual limitations.

Specifically, in the last few months, persons with visual impairments have brought class action lawsuits against a number of health care providers in the metropolitan area contending that the providers’ websites are inaccessible to persons with visual or other similar disabilities. The lawsuits seek orders compelling the providers to revamp their websites, as well as monetary damages and attorney’s fees.  Garfunkel Wild is currently defending a number of health care providers in these lawsuits.

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