When you’re making your business in California ADA compliant, you typically focus on the physical store or office, both outside parking, walkways, path of travel, and signage. However, many people don’t realize that being ADA compliant also extends to must websites. If your website isn’t easily accessible for people with disabilities, such as visual disabilities, you might be facing a lawsuit. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to ask your web designers to make your website more accessible. For situations like these, you’ll need an attorney with what the Courts and regulatory agencies are requiring. Web Developers cannot be expected to keep up with and interpret these legal issues.
What does an attorney do to make your website compliant?
While a web designer might have the tools to change your website, an attorney has the legal knowledge that you need to ensure ADA compliance. An attorney could work directly with your web developers to help them adjust your website and improve accessibility. Since they’ve worked with ADA cases before, experienced attorneys know what needs to be changed to help you avoid a lawsuit.
Additionally, working with an attorney may help you save money. Your attorney could focus on the parts of your website that need changing rather than wasting your time with needless alterations.
What happens if you don’t hire an attorney for your website?
If your website isn’t ADA compliant, you might be leaving yourself vulnerable to lawsuits. This also applies to mobile apps, so even if your website is compliant, an inaccessible app could get you in trouble. Once someone has filed a lawsuit against you, you may have to pay legal fees and deal with a lengthy court process. You might win the case, but it’s still a hassle that could have been avoided.
What should you do if you end up with a lawsuit?
In the event that you’re served with a lawsuit, you may want to hire an attorney. An attorney may be able to defend you against the accusations and prove to the judge that you weren’t discriminating against people with disabilities. An attorney might also show that the other party’s claims are invalid or based on weak evidence. Once the court case is over, an attorney may help you update your website to ensure that you don’t receive another lawsuit.