Since a deadline to install pool lifts passed in early 2013, hotel owners have been facing an abundance of ADA pool lift litigation in California. Hotels all over California have met this deadline, but unfortunately just installing the lifts is not enough. There are many other requirements that have to be met, which means that there is a lot of room for error. The lifts have to be installed in the correct place and need to be fully functional at all times. Both attorneys and plaintiffs alike, have taken advantage of these small details by filing lawsuits against hotel owners. “Some people just use Google to look at your pool and see there’s no lift,” said Marty Orlick, chair of the ADA compliance and defense group at a San Francisco law firm. “Others call on the phone and ask. And if you don't have one, they file a lawsuit.” These hotels are facing the unfortunate dilemma of whether to settle, or to pay the extremely high costs of going to court. In many cases, it seems to be less expensive and easier just to settle. Learn more about how to manage costs and reduce ADA liability.
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