The process of distributing $600 million to more than 33,000 Flint water victims will likely take months to complete, and it's unlikely the money for the settlement will be available until the beginning of 2021.
The settlement will encompass all Flint children who were younger than the age of 18 at the time of the water switch in April 2014 as well as adults who were personally injured by lead contamination or Legionnaires' Disease or whose property was damaged.
People interested in filing a claim can do so by calling 866-536-0717, texting "Flint" to 47177 or visiting www.flintwaterjustice.com. As details for filing a claim become available, they will be listed at www.flintsettlementfacts.org.
"As many of us know in litigation, especially civil litigation, we can’t do divine justice," said Ted Leopold, co-lead class counsel. "We can’t go back many years ago and make sure this didn’t happen. ... But we can provide some semblance of justice.”
In addition to phone and text options, individuals will eventually be able to access online claimant forms. Pitt and Leopold, who now have an office in Flint, encouraged residents to use those distance options to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.
"We're here not only to advocate and help people but those people who have no representation, we're happy to pursue and help them in any way, shape or form we can," Leopold said.
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