The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) went to affect about 25 years ago in this country and forward property owners and business to provide handicap to provide safe means of entryway into and out of establishments for those in wheelchairs as well as those that have mobility problems. Both the ADA and the safety codes have requirements for how these entryways and ramps need to be designed and constructed and a failure to meet these basic requirements could be the cause of your injury.
Handicap ramps seem to be a simple alternative means of gaining access to a property as opposed to stairs. However constructing a ramp that meets the code and the ADA can be complex. Each ramp has a certain length and width and access a doorway or area of various sizes. The length and width of the ramp have to meet the code and must have railings and a landing area and the top and bottom of the ramp that is of a particular size based on the ramp dimensions. These ramps must have guards at the ramps edge and may need to have railings on both sides of the ramp as opposed to just one. The ramp also has to maintain a certain slope based again on the dimensions of the ramp.
In addition to ramps, many property owners and common carries like buses, taxis and trains must provide lifts that allow passengers with disabilities or mobility limitations to gain access to the vehicle of train. A ramp is nothing more than a sloped walkway that allows someone to get from one flat surfaced to another without having to traverse steps or stairs. Similarly, the electronic powered lift gets the passenger from one flat surface below to one above which is often the case when having to move from the street to the train platform or bus or taxi.
Another example of a modification or design alteration that allows people with limitations to get around are flattened or cut curbs that allow someone to avoid having to get over a raised curb in a sidewalk or crosswalk. Still another example is electronically powered doors at the entry way to establishments and buildings. IN a world dominated by revolving doorways and heavy entryway doors that are difficult to pull open, the ADA and the code provide for entryway options that allow people with disabilities and limitations to gain access to buildings by pushing a button which powers open a doorway.
All of these requirements are quite complex and Stein & Shulman consults with a team of safety and engineering experts that provide expert advice and onsite inspections of the area of your fall to determine whether the ramp, lift, curb or entryway met the requirements of the code and the ADA. Having a team of experts available to our law firm allows us to provide injured people with the best possible advice.
Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in handling these types of handicap accessibility cases and the phone call and the consultation are free. Do not hesitate to call our law firm and get some free advice and make sure that you are doing everything you need to do to maximize your right to a recovery for the injuries you sustained. We can be reached at (312) 422-0500 and we are here to help you.