Flint, Michigan residents, suffering health problems and financial burdens brought on by the lead in their drinking water, have begun seeking legal remedies. The city’s 100,000 were exposed to high levels of lead in their tap water after the city changed water sources in 2014 in an effort to save money. The water is particularly dangerous to young children, whose brains and bodies are still developing. Lead exposure can cause irreversible problems including lower IQ, learning difficulties, and behavioral problems.
Class-action lawsuits are a legal route to compensation, according to the Washington Post. Suits have already been filed, focusing on the actions of the Department of Health and Human Services, the state of Michigan and state agencies. More Flint Water Crisis Leads to Class Action Suits Seeking Compensation