What Hunter J. Shkolnik is Doing for Flint
June 4, 2018 | Environmental Litigation
Hunter J. Shkolnik was named Co-Liaison Counsel in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation by United Stated District Judge Judith E. Levy of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In this role, Mr. Shkolnik will oversee all currently pending individual personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death cases, as well as the over 18,000 potential cases awaiting to be filed in this mass action arising out of the water contamination in Flint.
The Impact the Tragedy Has Had on the Kids
Flint, a predominantly black city of 100,000, was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its water source in April 2014 to the Flint River from Lake Huron. The more corrosive river water caused lead to leach from city pipes and into the drinking water. “Flint’s kids have been especially influenced by drinking filtered water. Lead poisoning is harmful for everybody, but children’s growing bodies are more prone to the harmful effects of lead poisoning. More than 30,000 children under 18 years old live in Flint, so the extent of affected lives is enormous and long-lasting. The EPA urges no lead whatsoever in drinking water. Only 1 microgram of lead per deciliter of blood may degrade testing and intelligence functionality in children. Flint’s kids had much more. 1 kid 33 times that toxic quantity of lead. Together with the increased blood levels of direct found in Flint, tens of thousands of kids are now prone to permanent brain injury and also a considerably higher chance of contracting cancer, respiratory disorders, autoimmune ailments, physical impairments and other severe ailments” (Napoli Law).
The Lawsuit Over Flint’s Water
Attorneys Hunter Shkolnik and Adam Slater allege in Monday’s lawsuit the governmental defendants failed to take measures required by federal law to eliminate the dangers and downplayed the severity of the contamination to residents. The biggest things that gave such notoriety to the Flint water crisis was the lack of concern, action, and initial involvement by government groups and entities to fix the issue and help the residents. It is also largely due to how the lead poisoning happened in the first place. What happened in Flint was a manmade disaster that never needed to happen. The only reason the river was used as a water supply was to cut corners and save money and even once that short cut was taken another was taken when the water was not properly treated and screened to ensure it was safe for the residents of Flint.
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