Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Lead Contaminated Water in Flint
A new class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of residents of Flint, Michigan after their drinking water was contaminated by lead, harming children. The class represents children under the age of 17, who sustained brain damage as a result of the exposure. The firm has said that any child who consumed the water could have suffered permanent brain damage. The state is named in the lawsuit, along with former emergency managers and former City of Flint and state employees.
The lawsuit claims in part violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Lead and Copper Rule. The claim seeking damages alleges gross negligence on the part of officials who made misleading statements regarding the water’s safety. The Flint water scandal sparked after they changed their water system. The state auditor general claims officials should’ve treated the river water with anti-corrosion chemicals but they failed to which resulted in lead accumulation in the water from the plumbing system.
Lead Exposure can lead to multiple and grave problems like developmental delays and learning difficulties in newborns and children.