FLINT, Michigan. Flint’s water crisis resulted in a serious public health threat, with as many as 12,000 children being exposed to dangerous levels of lead. Now, a civil suit is going after the companies that failed to properly treat Flint’s water. The Michigan Attorney General is suing two water companies who were enlisted to assist the city with its water treatment. According to CNN, the companies failed to acknowledge corrosion in lead pipes.
However, according to the Guardian, the companies claim that the key decisions that led to the contamination were always in the hands of the city, and that the city is to blame for the contamination. Yet, the city claims that an independent company made fraudulent statements in its report to the city. According to the city, the report claimed that the city’s water met state and federal levels.
These are not the only lawsuits related to the Flint water crisis. Another lawsuit alleges that the city illegally raised water prices on its residents. According to Michigan Live, the report suggests that the city illegally charged residents for water for over five years. If the lawsuit is successful, city residents may be reimbursed for their water payments. According to city officials, Flint residents pay among the highest water and sewer rates in the nation.
These are just the first of many lawsuits to come. According to the Los Angeles Times, citizens are gathering together to pursue class-action lawsuits against the city and negligent parties. According to the LA Times, the lawsuit claims that thousands of Flint residents have suffered both physical and economic damages as a result of the Flint crisis. Residents have been filing lawsuits since the public health emergency was made public.
The reality is that any kind of lead in water is dangerous, but children are most vulnerable. Lead can affect almost every system in the body. It can lead to anemia, affect bone development, and damage the nervous system. Children exposed to high levels of lead may experience poor muscle coordination, speech and language difficulties, developmental delays, and in high-level exposure—seizures.
How can you tell if you’re child has been affected? If your child is irritable, if he or she shows behavioral changes, develops headaches, weight loss, or becomes fatigued, he or she may have been exposed to lead. Pale skin can be a sign of anemia, and muscle or joint weakness could be a sign of lead exposure.
Water is not the only way children can be exposed to lead. Lead paint and toys and products from outside the U.S. can contain lead. Christopher Trainor & Associates in Flint MI can assist you if your child is experiencing the effects of lead poisoning. Our firm helps clients with a wide range of personal injury lawsuits, ranging from defective products to premises liability claims.
Individuals who believe they may have been affected by Flint’s water crisis have several options. They can pursue a personal injury claim on their own with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, or they can join the growing number of people joining class-action lawsuits. Visit www.michiganlegalcenter.com/flint-car-accidents/ to learn more about your options.