As you know, running a medical facility, such as a hospital or doctor's office, whether in California or elsewhere, has similarities to running other businesses. As such, it is subject to various state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While meeting the ADA's criteria requires an initial outlay of funds, it helps medical facilities provide accessibility to care for every member of the public and helps avoid legal issues in the future.
The ADA requires that all public and private medical facilities open to the public provide certain accommodations for people who have physical limitations, such as mobility issues or blindness, in order to ensure they are not excluded from obtaining access. These requirements not only extend to the physical structures, but also to websites and other means of communication with the medical facility.
What do hospitals have to do?
In the health care industry, ADA compliance is an issue for both privately and publicly owned care facilities. It is beneficial for all types of medical providers to take these requirements seriously and take steps to ensure they meet the standards set forth by the ADA.
The ADA should help to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to a medical facility's services. However, you may be unsure of what this means in your situation. It may be helpful to consider the following:
- People with disabilities often feel dissatisfied with the health care they receive, often because of accessibility issues.
- Accessibility and ADA compliance may become more of an issue in the medical field as a large portion of the population ages.
- ADA compliance is about more than just your physical building. It can also apply to your website.
It is in your interests to ensure that your facility meets legal standards and provides the best care possible to those who may need extra support. An evaluation of your situation can reveal what you may need to do to avoid legal complications.
The threat of a lawsuit
Failure to comply with the ADA can lead to expensive litigation for your health care facility. These are complex legal issues, and it may be necessary to turn to a lawyer who can both assist you with ADA needs and defend you against the threat of a lawsuit. It might be helpful to start by discussing your concerns with an experienced legal ally committed to your best interests.