Clergy Abuse, Teacher Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse
Sadly, emotional, psychological, and physical mistreatment, including sexual abuse, frequently is committed by those entrusted with the care of vulnerable people. When a priest, a teacher, or an employee violate the trust of children, parents, and parishioners, they can be liable for civil damages. The church or school district can be liable when it fails to implement appropriate precautions to prevent such abuse or to respond effectively and promptly to reports of abuse by its employees. Like children that are abused by teachers and coaches in schools, vulnerable seniors can be targeted by nursing home staff or fellow residents. Our Scranton abuse injury lawyers are committed to providing aggressive advocacy for crime victims and exploring all potential defendants with insurance or assets against which to enforce a judgment or settlement.
Fighting To Bring Justice To Crime Victims
Our Scranton crime and abuse attorneys are committed to pursuing justice for victims beyond the criminal courts. We know that sending a criminal offender to jail does not provide the financial compensation necessary for a victim to pursue counseling and therapy, or to get them monetary justice. A monetary recovery against a party with insurance coverage or personal assets can provide the financial means to reclaim your life. Our law firm can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. We invite you to contact us today at (570) 955-4516 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.
Pursuing Access for the Disabled—Scranton land Public Accommodation Lawsuits
While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed in part to protect the access of
disabled persons to public accommodations and facilities, the law is only effective if businesses
comply with the terms of the law. Because hotels, motels, restaurants, shopping centers, and
retail stores sometimes elect to cut corners and avoid the cost of making their facility accessible
for disabled patrons, public accommodation lawsuits have been common in other states for over
a decade. However, ADA public accessibility lawsuits have been on the rise in Illinois in recent
years. According to the PACER service, approximately 2,000 ADA public accommodation
lawsuit were filed during the initial six months of 2015.
If you have been denied full enjoyment and access at a business establishment while dining out,
staying overnight in a hotel, or shopping in a Scranton mall, our experienced and compassionate
ADA accessibility lawsuit attorneys at The Moran Law Group, LLC have successfully obtained
in excess of forty million dollars for our clients, including disabled individuals facing non-
compliance with the ADA. Our attorneys conduct an investigation into a company’s physical
facility to identify ADA violations that might justify financial recovery for a disabled patron.
Our success in these cases stems from our extensive collective experience, which amounts to
more than 50 years as personal injury litigators.
Legal Basis for Seeking Compensation for ADA Non-Compliance
Generally, Title III of the ADA makes it illegal for private places of “public accommodation” to
discriminate while also banning specific types of discrimination by “commercial facilities”. A
business can run afoul of this anti-discrimination law by violating any of these three standards:
- Failing to remove architectural physical barriers that limit access by disabled persons and failing to provide alternative services when the barriers cannot be eradicated
- Declining to “design and construct” facilities that are both usable and readily accessible to disabled individuals
- Failure when making alterations to a facility to undertake the changes in such a way that they are readably usable and accessible by a disabled person to the maximum extent possible (includes individuals in wheelchairs)
Our Scranton ADA public accommodations lawyers at The Moran Law Group, LLC, determine
which of these legal grounds for imposing liability to proceed on by evaluating when the facility
was constructed and initially occupied, as well as the nature and date of changes made to the
facility. The standard used to evaluate accessibility is the “ADA Accessibility Guidelines for
Building and Facilities” (ADAAG). This publication from the Department of Justice enumerates
architectural standards and specific requirements for various areas of public accommodations,
including but not limited to the following:
- Drinking faucets
- Parking lots
- Pathways for moving within the facility
- Access and entrance into the facility
- Safety features
- Access to goods and services
Advocates for Victims of Discrimination by Public Accommodations
Our Scranton ADA accessibility lawyers diligently pursue compensation for those who
experience discrimination on the basis of a disability by stores, restaurants, bars, malls, and other
facilities open to the public. Our law firm can provide the perfect balance of experience,
expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you
and your family. We invite you to contact us today at (570) 955-4516 or email us to schedule
your no obligation free consultation.
No Recovery No Fee!
THE MORAN LAW GROUP REPRESENTS VICTIMS IN THE SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE AREA AND THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA, INCLUDING LACKAWANNA COUNTY, LUZERNE COUNTY, MONROE COUNTY, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PIKE COUNTY, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, WAYNE COUNTY