In recent years, the number of claims brought pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) arising from disability accessibility has skyrocketed in the State of Florida. These claims often come with no advance warning, and due to fee provisions contained within the statutes, can quickly become financially burdensome. Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford has experience in litigating these claims and, when appropriate, helping its clients quickly resolve such claims so as to minimize the impact the claims have on business operations. Due to our experience in construction litigation and architect/engineer claims, we are able to take a multi-faceted approach to remedying architectural barriers to access for the disabled, and provide creative solutions for other areas of contended non-compliance. Our practice reaches beyond the basic ADA issues to include class actions and claims arising from technological accessibility on websites and at points of sale. We have represented businesses in a variety of industries, including entertainment, health care, hotel, and retail.
In addition to representing businesses in accessibility litigation, we provide compliance audit services and help develop policies and procedures to ensure that businesses remain in compliance with accessibility laws on the federal and state levels.