Federal Courts across the country have ruled that certain governmental, business and professional websites are considered “public accommodations” and covered by Title III of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA). Website accessibility lawsuits are increasing every day, there were 2,235 lawsuits filed in 2019, that’s about 1 per hour.
Businesses such as e-commerce, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, retail outlets, social services centers, laundromats, accountants, health care offices, schools, banks, and YES Law Firms fall into the category of “public accommodations,” and are required to comply.
There are no set laws for commercial websites, including law firms … yet. However, given that the U.S. Department of Justice has indicated in court cases that the ADA guidelines apply, we believe it is only a matter of time before the rules become enforceable for all.
Does your Law Firm service areas cover personal injury, workers’ compensation, long-term disability, Social Security Disability or veterans’ disability?
If so, a compliant and accessible website makes it easy for your intended audience and potential customers to interact with you and choose your law firm to represent them.
If your law firm is sued because your website is noncompliant with ADA and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), it would be a PR disaster and just bad business.
The good news is that many of these guidelines are not difficult to implement and help with your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as well.
ADA WebGuard® is a full-service website compliance solutions company. Our team consists of certified professionals and experts that review and assess websites for compliance and accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Call ADA WebGuard today at (833) 232-9321 or visit www.ADAWebGuard.com for your FREE Website Assessment.