ADA Claims


The Americans with Disabilities Act or "ADA" was enacted in 1990 to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities. Among other things, the ADA calls for certain facilities to be designed and constructed with features that improve the facility's accessibility for disabled persons. Such features include wheelchair ramps and barrier-free meeting rooms, restrooms, and walkways.

VMAR engineers analyze an existing feature or structure and determine whether the feature or structure complies with the requirements of the ADA and applicable building codes. The features and structures that require ADA compliance are wide-ranging and include items such as the height of door handles, grab bars, vanities, and water fountains; the width of doors and water closets; and the slope of wheelchair ramps (to name a small fraction of the scope of the ADA's requirements).

If our engineers determine that a feature or structure fails to comply with ADA requirements, we then determine if the defect was inherent in the design, or if the defect occurred as a result of improper construction or later modifications by the property owner.

The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is outlined in 42 U.S.C. § 12101(b).

When You Need to Know . . .

  • Was a wheelchair ramp too steep?
  • Was an adequate landing provided?
  • Was the bathroom too small?
  • Were the sinks, vanities, water closets, toilets, door handles, water fountains, etc., properly located?
  • Does the existing condition satisfy applicable building codes?
  • Was the defect inherent in the design?
  • Was the defect caused by the construction?
  • Was the defect caused by the property owner?

Detail of ADA Investigation and Analysis Service

  • Review and evaluate case file
  • Review approved construction plans, construction inspection reports, O&M reports, and scope of work for available architect, engineer, and contractor contracts
  • Determine "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" conditions
  • Research and analyze applicable building codes
  • Measure degree and extent of defect
  • Analyze whether the existing condition is truly "defective"
  • Estimate severity of defect
  • Determine the level of serviceability of the current condition
  • Determine effects of overuse or improper use, along with effects of age, weathering, and environmental conditions
  • Preparation of a fully detailed written report

Our 21 Day

In the world of claims adjusting we know that you usually have only a 30-day window in which to determine the merits of a claim. That's why we promise to handle your assignment and get the completed report into your hands within 21 calendar days.

And we back our promise with this guarantee:

If we do not get your assignment completed within 21 calendar days, then we cut your cost in half.