Why Should I Hire a CASp? Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Should
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Whether you are a business owner, or property owner, getting your store or business ADA compliant is hard. Not only does not having proper disability access mean that a percentage of the general population might not be able to access your location, but it also leaves you exposed to a possible ADA lawsuit. But while getting certified might seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be.
You can hire a CASp to verify the conditions of your location. A CASp, which stands for Certified Access Specialist, is certified by the State to conduct CASp inspections to verify your property’s accessibility standards and confirm if you have proper disability access. Should you hire a CASp, they will perform a CASp inspection and then draft an inspection report, documenting their inspection findings. A CASp is the definitive authority on determining if a property is accessible.
Now that we have explained the process of what a CASp does, let’s get into the six reasons why you should hire one:
There are roughly twenty-five law firms across California who specialize in ADA lawsuits. These suits are driven by the lawyers, not the plaintiffs, and they sue multiple properties every day. They make millions of dollars suing business and property owners annually. At ADA Compliance Pros, we hear the same names over and over again. They are prolific and only getting more sophisticated in their techniques.
For years, ADA lawsuits were coined “drive-by lawsuits” as enough info could be gleaned from driving past without ever getting out of the car. However, serial litigants are leaving the car in the garage and simply hopping on the computer. With Google Earth having visually captured all of California (and the entire globe for that matter!) we are now seeing lawsuits being filed by use of this new technology. You can now zoom in close enough to a property to survey the exterior and determine if it appears compliant. In many cases, our clients prove that the plaintiff never set foot on their property, but with the non-compliant issues verified, the lawsuits stand, and thousands of dollars are lost.
That is why getting an access specialist CASp to provide you with an inspection report is so important. He or she can provide the crucial access info you need to understand your exposure. And if you are sued, a CASp Report can…
Getting an early evaluation, without being in active litigation is the optimal circumstances for a business or property owner, but unfortunately, 65% of ADA Compliance Professionals’ clients are already in active litigation, most of which have been targeted by a serial litigant. The costs of such lawsuits run into thousands of dollars and they prey on property and business owners who are not aware of their legal ADA exposure. When a business or property is sued, a CASp Inspection that generates a certified access inspection report, not only verifies the related accessibility conditions and what has proper disability access but actually can save a defendant money. There are specialist ADA defense lawyers, and the first thing they request is an Access Inspection Report because they can use it to bring down the cost of the damages in the complaint.
Especially in these current challenging COVID times for businesses, the last thing you want to do is narrow the scope of possible customers! Roughly 26% of Americans have some sort of disability — that’s one in four Americans! — and with Baby Boomers aging, that number will only keep rising. By getting a CASp inspection report, you can ensure your business will be accessible for all. It will give you the answers you need for all construction-related issues and provide some context for how you can get your property up to code.
Before spending a penny on construction, whether specifically for ADA compliance or just for standard improvements, having a certified access specialist conduct an early evaluation, will ensure all construction-related work will be in proper compliance. The last thing you want to do is spend money incorrectly! Getting an inspection report will help ensure every penny is properly utilized.
Access specialist CASp inspections provide the ultimate way to verify if your property or business is ADA compliant. And simply put: it is important. Abiding by accessibility standards is the right thing to do. ADA compliance can make people’s lives easier. Whether it is a person who is bound to a wheelchair or a person who is sight impaired, ensuring that they can safely and easily access your property can make a world of difference.
After a Certified Access Specialist has conducted a thorough inspection to determine if you are in compliance, they will not only issue a CASp report, but you will also receive a Certificate of Inspection. Many of our business owner clients like to display their certificates in their front store window. A certificate will show everybody that you have had your location inspected and that you are committed to ADA compliance.
And there you have it. From an access inspection to getting your ADA Access Report, there are many reasons why hiring a CASp is so important. An early evaluation by a CASp can arm you with all the information you need to start the process of becoming ADA compliant.
At ADA Compliance Professionals, for over a decade we’ve protected businesses and property owners from ADA lawsuits, but never before have we seen such dramatic changes as what we are witnessing in 2020. Across California, ADA lawsuit volume spiked 30%. The regular serial litigants ramped up “productivity” and many new ones got into “the game.” In all, they blasted out thousands of lawsuits and made millions of dollars suing business and property owners. Consider yourself warned. Do all you can to get compliant.