Advocates & Activists

Our clients are mobility disabled activists who advocate for disability rights through litigation. We prosecute lawsuits that result in important access barrier removals and monetary recoveries for our clients throughout the state of California. We take disability access seriously and so should you. Let our experienced team fight to protect your rights, help you improve access in your community, and collect due compensation.

Gloves-Off Litigation

Our team has successfully litigated hundreds of barrier removal actions against a wide range of defendants, from large banks and corporations represented by top shelf law firms to local property owners representing themselves. No matter the opposition, one thing remains constant: our gloves-off litigation forges the most direct pathway to achieving results. Join us in putting an end to decades of discrimination.

24-Hour Attention

We are always available to communicate with our clients. We don't take every case that comes our way. Instead, we carefully evaluate potential clients and cases to ensure we can meet our clients' needs. Our clients have an open line of communication with us, including a free mobile application that allows real time communication about real world experiences. Our relationship with our clients is our top priority.

TAKING PRIDE IN ADVOCACY

Ascending the ladder of justice can be difficult and time consuming - even with the right help. Don’t get stuck thinking you are alone. We are a dedicated team with the tools and experience to get things done and we are passionate about your rights. Let us help you make your life easier by improving disability access and collecting the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

Mobile Application

The My Access App is a free mobile application that provides a valuable public service. Download it here and use it to make a difference in your community. Join the growing number of disability rights activists who are making their voices heard. However you choose to participate, now is the time. The My Access App makes it easy to make a difference.

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Recent Developments

Disability rights is an evolving area of law. California is on the leading edge when it comes to legislation that effects the rights of disabled persons and the duties and obligations of commercial facilities and public accommodations. Click here to take a look at recent developments. Being informed is an important first step towards an accessible future.

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Online Resources

ADALawyer.com wants everyone to be informed about issues of importance to persons with disabilities. Increasing awareness of disability rights is a critical step in fulfilling on the purpose and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage you to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the materials that can be found here.

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In the News

We’ve been busy. Come inside and take a look at what people are saying about us, about our clients, and about disability access litigation in general. You can see examples of recent settlements and observe the progress being made as we help our clients and their communities fulfill on the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wherever a door is closed to anyone because of a disability, we must work to open it. Wherever any job or home, or means of transportation is unfairly denied because of a disability, we must work to change it. Wherever any barrier stands between you and the full rights and dignity of citizenship, we must work to remove it, in the name of simple decency and simple justice.President George W. Bush,
 announcing the New Freedom Initiative at the White House, February 1, 2001



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Frequently Asked Questions

State and federal laws give people with disabilities the right to file lawsuits to enforce the disability access standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. California law permits people with disabilities to sue for damages resulting from experiences of access barrier discrimination and sets a statutory minimum damage that applies regardless of actual damages or physical injuries. Plaintiffs in disability access lawsuits usually seek to recover statutory damages and removal of access barriers. The facts of every case are different and there is no way to predict the outcome or guaranty a particular result.
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act focuses on public accommodations and commercial facilities, including retail and professional business locations that are open to the general public. All new construction and modifications to these facilities must be accessible to people with disabilities. For facilities whose construction predated the enactment of the ADA, barriers must be removed if it is readily achievable to do so, which means that the removal of barriers is easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense. Public accommodations include such facilities as hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters, grocery stores, hardware stores, dry-cleaners, banks, professional offices of health care providers, lawyers and accountants, hospitals, private bus or train stations, museums, libraries, zoos, amusement parks, places of education, day care centers, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, gymnasiums, health spas, bowling alleys, golf courses, shopping centers, office complexes, apartment rental offices and strip malls, among others.
The Unruh Civil Rights Act is a civil rights statute in California that gives private individuals the right to file lawsuits for damages and remedies, including court ordered removal of disability access barriers and installation of accessible features. The Unruh Act provides that all persons in California are free and equal and that regardless of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status or sexual orientation, are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges and services of every kind. The primary purpose of the Unruh Act is to compel recognition of the equality of all people in the right to a particular service offered by an entity or organization covered by the Act. The Unruh Act prohibits all arbitrary discrimination by business establishments and all forms of unequal treatment of patrons.
Not necessarily. Business locations and other public accommodations interact with the public in many ways that are peripheral to their main functions, including allowing people to enter upon their premises to observe choices, to consider conducting transactions, or to accompany other customers. Failing to provide access because of a person’s disability is a denial of the full and equal accommodations, privileges, or services of the business location.
Being disabled under California law means that you have a limitation of a major life activity. A disorder or condition limits a major life activity if it makes the achievement of the activity difficult. Major life activities are broadly construed to include physical, mental and social activities and working. You should consult with an attorney if you want clarification on whether or not you are disabled under California law.
In the absence of actual damages or physical injuries, California law permits people with disabilities to recover statutory minimum damages that range from one thousand to four thousand dollars, depending on the circumstances of the case. When a person with a disability is deprived of the right to access a public place, the law presumes that person is damaged. That means statutory damages apply even if there has been no physical injury. Statutory damages compensate for discomfort, embarrassment and difficulty caused by access barriers. Recent legislation in California allows defendants to reduce their exposure to statutory damages depending on the timing of actions they take to improve accessibility. Statutory damages are not applicable in all circumstances. There is no way to predict or guaranty the value of a disability access lawsuit.
People with mobility disabilities experience discrimination if a violation of one or more construction-related accessibility standards denied them full and equal access to a place of public accommodation on a particular occasion. A person is 'denied access' if they personally encounter an access violation on a particular occasion or if they are deterred from accessing a place on a particular occasion. A violation personally encountered will constitute discrimination if a disabled person experiences difficulty, discomfort, or embarrassment because of the violation. People with disabilities can argue that he or she was deterred from accessing a place of public accommodation on a particular occasion if they had actual knowledge of violations that prevented or reasonably dissuaded them from accessing a place that they intended to use and if the violation would have actually denied them with full and equal access if they had been able to access it.
There are many examples of barriers that contribute to making places inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities. Disability access lawsuits commonly allege barriers like inaccessible: parking spaces, parking signage, parking access aisles, passenger loading zones, van accessible aisles, routes to and from a parking lot or public right of way, ground surfaces, curb ramps, restrooms, restroom fixtures, doors, counters, hotel and motel bathtubs and showers, customer aisles within buildings, dining and work spaces, wheelchair spaces in assembly areas, bars, tables, gas pumps, automatic teller machines, fare machines, pool lifts, drinking fountains and water coolers. Not all barrier removals are required under the law. Removal of the foregoing examples of barriers is not always readily achievable and they will not always justify an award of statutory damages. It is impossible to guaranty a result or predict the outcome of a disability access lawsuit, and each case is dependent on its own unique facts and circumstances.
No. A plaintiff who seeks damages under the Unruh Act based upon violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act is not required to prove that the defendant's discrimination was intentional. Intent to discriminate is not a prerequisite to obtaining relief or recovering monetary damages. Not all disability access lawsuits result in money damages, and outcomes vary depending on the facts of each case, but intent to discriminate is not a required element of a claim for statutory damages in a disability access lawsuit.
The Unruh Act requires full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges or services in all business establishments. This includes, but is not limited to, hotels and motels, restaurants, bars, theatres, hospitals, barber and beauty shops, public agencies, retail establishments, professional offices, shopping centers, strip malls and convenience stores.
No. Neither the ADA nor California state law require people with disabilities to give pre-filing notice or provide an opportunity to cure before filing a disability access lawsuit.
People with qualified disabilities and actionable claims can file disability access lawsuits. Our clients provide factual information describing and substantiating their claims. Once we have reviewed the client’s information and researched, prepared and filed a client’s case, we expect the client to be regularly available to communicate, respond to questions and sign documents. Sometimes our clients have to attend court hearings and depositions, all of which are arranged with prior notice. If a case proceeds to trial, a client may be called upon to testify or otherwise participate.
It is difficult to predict the outcome in any specific case or how long it will take to resolve your case. Most disability access lawsuits take between three and eighteen months to complete, but there are many considerations that contribute to the duration of a case. We strive to keep our clients informed of progress regularly, but we cannot guaranty how long a case will last. If a settlement is reached, most settlement agreements provide a window of six to twelve months for the completion of necessary remedial work. The terms and conditions of disability access lawsuit settlements are negotiable.
Disability access lawsuits are generally subject to a one year statute of limitations. If you fail to bring a valid claim within the statutory period, you will lose the right to do so, and the claim will be lost forever. If you think you may have a disability access lawsuit worth pursuing, you should contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

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