Lawsuits against Banks Increase as their ATMs Prove Inaccessible
March 27, 2013 2:01:00 PM EDT
Answer: Over a year ago. Question: What is the deadline when all Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) were to be updated and accessible for the visually impaired.
A Wall Street Journal article from March of 2012 ascertains that nearly 50% of the 400,000+ ATMs in the US still do not meet the standards pertaining to accessibility, deeming them unusable by the visually impaired. These standards include, but are not limited to, requiring ATM's to have speech output, numeric keypads, display screen specifications and Braille Instructions.
In light of this gross negligence, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ATM accessibility class action lawsuits against banks are on the rise. Over 100 cases have been reported across Pennsylvania and Texas, and have most recently popped up in Georgia as well. According to featured authors from Duane Morris, a law firm with representation in the US and worldwide, Georgia can expect more to be filed in the years to come until the banks start complying with the required standards.