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|Subject: Re: Disgusted With Medicine/Law||Date: 11/15/2012 4:53 PM|
|Author: telegraph||Number: 655358 of 711745|
More than 14,000 ADA/accessibility lawsuits have been filed in California in just the past few years by a small number of lawyers. Many firms have closed, dismissed employees or sought bankruptcy protection as a result. [...]
there's a whole industry of people who go around with micrometers, measuring everything, from the height of the sink and toilet above the floor, to 'clearance' for a wheelchair, for the distance from the toilet to the paper holder, to the type of paper holder, to the clearances in every direction, to the height of the door knob, the lock mechanism, etc.
every single dimension in 3D is checked. If your mirror is 1/8th of an inch too high or too low, your sink 1/8th of an inch too high or two low or 'too far' or lacking 1/8th of an inch of clearance, if the pipes underneath don't allow XX inches of clearance, if the handle is not XX inches long and requires less than QQ ounces of torque to turn.....
if the light fixture switch is an 1/8th of an inch off....if the floor isn't perfectly level to within micro inches....
You'll get a handy dandy ADA happy lawsuit filing 'claim' for discrimination. If you are lucky, you'll only spend $500 fixing the non-existing problem. If not, maybe $10,000 or $20,000 to fix the bathroom, and then pay a couple thousand dollar 'fine' for failing to comply to ADA rules and regulations.
If the Braille print on the elevator isn't so many micrometers high.......or you have 1 inch high lettering....or the floor designators at least XX inches high as the elevator goes up or down....or you have an 'annunciator' for each floor as it approaches....well, dang....you are in trouble!.. Big fine....
It's stupidity at work. Oh, and your main entrance better be 'handi-cap' accessible, even if you have 500 steps to get there.....at the end of a 20 mile long hiking trail as your only access. And forget about bunk beds in your B&B unless you provide free power lifts to get your 350 lb fatty up to the upper level.
It's amazing anyone is in business these days.
As you see in CA...more and more simply quit rather than fight the stupidity.
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