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Disabled-Access Suits Explode in FL

So many disabled-access complaints are brought in Florida that it has become a kind of lawsuit mill, with insurers paying quick settlements and lawyers profiting. But critics say the whole point -- increasing access to facilities for the disabled -- is ignored, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Florida has more of these disabled-access suits than any other state; in fact, the southern district of Florida accounts for one-fifth of the national total. 

The suits concern violations on wheelchair ramps, the height of towel dispensers, the width of doors, etc. They often involve only a handful of attorneys and plaintiffs who claim to be enforcing the American With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Most result in a quick settlement, and never go to trial.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.