Details Released in $600M Flint Water Crisis Settlement for Residents
The breakdown of funds from the state of Michigan to Flint residents has been released.
Late yesterday, it was announced that there has been a settlement in the lawsuit between Flint residents who were affected by the water crisis and the state.
The settlement requires that the State of Michigan pay $600 million into a qualified settlement fund (the “Fund”) for the benefit of those individuals, property owners, and businesses who claimed they were injured by the water distributed by the City of Flint.
Minor Children Settlement Categories: 79.5% (64.5% for ages 6 and under at first exposure to Flint water; 10% for ages 7-11; 5% for ages 12-17)
Adults and Property Damage Settlement Categories: 18% (15% for adults; 3% for property damage)
Business Economic Loss Settlement Category: 0.5%Programmatic Relief Settlement Category
The requirements for compensation are as follows:
(1) owned or lived in a residence that received water from the Flint Water Treatment Plant;
(2) owned or operated a business that received water from the Flint Water Treatment Plant;
(3) ingested or came into contact with water received from the Flint Water Treatment Plant for at least twenty-one (21) days during any thirty (30) day period during the ExposurePeriod; or...
(4) during the time period April 25, 2014 through December 31, 2016 were both exposed to water received from the Flint Water Treatment Plant and diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, one of the primary whistleblowers in the Flint water crisis and a pediatrician at Hurley, released the following statement:
If you do some raw, basic math with the latest census information on the population of Flint (which was 95,000 in 2018), the total comes out to about $6,300 per person. Obviously, this is a very non-specific number and it will differ from one household to the next, but it's the only rough breakdown that we can make right now.
We have no doubt that this settlement will be messy in and of itself, but it's a step in the right direction.