What if the Wheelchair Ramp Didn't Meet the Building Codes, Do I Have a Case?

Video Transcription:
It's pretty incredible to find out how many handicap accidents actually occur and the number of handicap wheelchair ramps that don't meet the required codes. There is the building code, the life safety code, and other codes that require these ramps to be built a certain way. And of course, it is done this way to make them safe.

Typically, if a wheelchair ramp is coming off of a sidewalk that is six inches tall, it should be six feet in length. So essentially it should be one foot for every inch drop. There is also, requirements for the flare on the sides and if it is not flared it should have handrails. Not only are there requirements on how the ramps are built there are requirements on how they are marked as well.

Too often, even in large shopping centers and major businesses, the handicap ramps do not meet the required building codes, creating a dangerous situation. So, if someone is injured on a ramp that is not built to code, they certainly could have a case.

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