Reduction of Legal Risk as Web Accessibility Business Case
Written on December 08, 2011
This blog post is part of a series of posts discussing the Business Case for Web Accessibility. To get a full view of the Business Case for Web Accessibility, I encourage you to read all posts in this series, links to which can be found at the bottom of this post.
In this post, I’d like to discuss risk. Specifically, I’d like to focus on list of litigation, primarily because although I have previously outlined a number of factors that fall under the umbrella of “risk”, it is legal risk that most people tend to gravitate toward when discussing accessibility. This is especially true in the United States, which is where the overwhelming majority of web accessibility-related litigation has been seen. In short, the argument goes, if your site is inaccessible you can get sued and lose a bunch of money.
Risk is the potential that a chosen action or activity (including the choice of inaction) will lead to a loss (an undesirable outcome).
- Does it increase income? No. This argument is about risk mitigation
- Does save money? Yes. It prevents loss due to legal fees, settlement costs, and harm to [...]