In Askins v. Santos, a pro se plaintiff filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his sister for her role as a caretaker of their mother. The plaintiff claimed that his Constitutional Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and ADA Rights had been violated. However, the court found that the plaintiff did not identify any federal law under which his claim arose and that his factual allegations did not suggest a federal cause of action.
It is important to note that ADA public accommodations play a crucial role in ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to goods and services. However, it is equally important to understand the legal framework surrounding ADA claims. Pro se plaintiffs can file complaints that will be construed liberally, but if the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction, if the claim is frivolous or malicious, or if it fails to state a claim upon which relief can be based, the case may be dismissed.
Askins v. Santos serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding the legal framework surrounding ADA public accommodations claims. Pro se plaintiffs may file complaints that will be construed liberally, but they must still meet the legal requirements for a federal cause of action. By familiarizing themselves with the relevant legal rules, people with disabilities can better protect their rights and access the goods and services they need.