Flint, Michigan Water Contamination

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Flint, Michigan Water Contamination

Flint Crisis

If you’re a resident of Flint, Michigan or surrounding areas with Flint-supplied water, you know all too well the dangers of the contaminated water, the potential dangers to your health, and the frustration of trying to live from day to day.

Our first lead poisoning case was on behalf of children living where the soil was 28% lead. That was 1984. Since then, we have become nationally renowned for representing victims of precedent-setting environmental hazard cases.

Flint Residents: Get Your Questions Answered

You are invited to join us on March 3, 4, and 5 at these locations:

March 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m.  Charity United Methodist Church

4601 Clio Rd # 1

March 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m.  New Jerusalem Full Gospel Church

1035 East Carpenter Rd

March 5, 11:30 a.m. Living Word Ministries

2001 West Carpenter Road

March 5, 4:00 p.m. First Union Baptist Church

 7004 Fleming Road

March 6 time and location to be announced, check back here

or on our Facebook page.

 

The environmental and toxic tort attorneys of Williams Cuker Berezofsky have partnered with two law firms to represent individuals and families impacted by the Flint water crisis. Our firm is co-managing the client representation process with Flint-based law firms of Alan E. Kennedy and Kamilah Horne of Flint, MI, as well as our Philadelphia partner firm, the law office of Conrad J. Benedetto.

Contact us to learn your legal options. We’re available to answer your questions at 215-557-0099 or 856-667-0500 or tell us about your situation via this confidential inquiry form.

 


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WHY CHOOSE OUR ATTORNEYS

Toms RiverWCB attorneys won landmark toxic tort cases that resulted not only in significant financial recoveries for our clients, but have established important legal precedents that have benefited individuals and communities across the country.

One of our well-known and most successful environmental cases made the national and international news.

Toms River, New Jersey was a case of ours where we achieved a resolution that helped many families live their lives safely, provide for their medical care, receive ongoing monitoring of health they deserved and be awarded compensation. News reports lauded the town’s fight and our collaborative success.

Both, Toms River and Flint were suspected industrial pollution that had been going on for years. Both had local governments saying “it’s not that bad” but then, upon seeing the science we amassed and analyzed with experts, realized it was not only bad but had life-threatening effects.

The case facts are recounted in the Pulitzer prize-winning book “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” by Dan Fagin. We are honored to have served the residents of Toms River and continue to be in touch with families there to this day.

 

Five-Star Rating *****

“The families affected by contamination in Toms River, New Jersey were represented by the law firm of Williams Cuker Berezofsky against three major companies.

I five them a 5-star rating for many reasons. The most important was their commitment to doing what was best for the children and their families. Thorough, professional, caring and dedicated through the whole process, they continue to lend their support and interest in the well-being of our community long after the case settled. This again assures one of their integrity and motivation.”

– Linda Gillick, mother of Michael and Chair, CACCCC and member of TEACH

 


 

WATCH: Toms River Case Video

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MEET OUR ENVIRONMENTAL & TOXIC TORT TEAM

Environmental Toxic Tort Team

Since 1984, the firm has been committed to protecting personal, civil, consumer and worker rights. Led by Mark CukerEsther Berezofsky, Gerald Williams, our team of twelve attorneys are nationally renowned for representing victims of precedent-setting environmental hazard cases.  The firm represents clients individually and in class actions and mass torts, regionally and across the country in federal and appellate and state Supreme Courts.

We have been recently honored by the New Jersey Environmental Council for excellence in Toms River Cancer Cluster and Paulsboro Train Derailment litigation. Super Lawyers honorees for the past 10 year, we serve clients nationwide and have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

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THE DANGER OF LEAD IN FLINT WATER

Lead can have detrimental health effects on human body. With so much lead that has made its way to the homes of thousands of people in Flint, there is a legitimate fear that significant damage has been done. The Environmental Protection Agency limits the amount of lead in water to 15 micrograms per liter, which some toxicologist find too high. Lead can’t move from water into skin, so it’s safe to bathe in lead-contaminated water as long as you don’t drink it.

When lead is absorbed by human body, it tends to affect the frontal cortex of the brain, the area responsible for abstract thinking, planning, and attention, learning and memory. Lead is toxic, and in children, many of the effects can be permanent resulting in life-long disabilities.

Possible complications include:

  • Behavior or attention problems
  • Failure at school
  • Hearing problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Reduced IQ
  • Slowed body growth

The symptoms of lead poisoning may include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping (usually the first sign of a high, toxic dose of lead poison)
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Irritability
  • Loss of previous developmental skills (in young children)
  • Low appetite and energy
  • Reduced sensations

Very high levels of lead may cause vomiting, staggering walk, muscle weakness, seizures, or coma. It is estimated that more than 3 million workers in the United States are at risk for toxic lead exposure.

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TAKE THESE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF IF YOU ARE A FLINT RESIDENT

  • Don’t drink the water or brush your teeth with it.
  • Don’t cook with the water.
  • Don’t shower with it if you have skin conditions or abrasions; children’s skins are particularly sensitive. Minimize inhaling the water vapor while showering and bathing.
  • Do not use the water in humidifiers.
  • Use bottled water or, if you have a filter recommended by the EPA and other authorities, use with caution as it is unknown if filters fully protect you from the risks.
  • Free Water Filter Cartridges
    Water filters, bottled water and water testing kits are available at water resource sites that remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are located at:
    Fire Station #1 (also a water bottle recycling site), 310 East 5th St.
    Fire Station #3, 1525 Martin Luther King Ave.
    Fire Station #5 (also a water bottle recycling site), 3402 Western Rd.
    Fire Station #6, 716 West Pierson Rd.
    Fire Station #8 (also a water bottle recycling site), 202 East Atherton Rd.
    All water filters distributed by the State of Michigan are certified by NSF International for lead reduction. Individuals wishing to verify that a specific filter is NSF-certified can do so via the NSF website.
  • Download PDF resources at Boil Water Advisory and visit Boil Water FAQs.
  • Walk in Blood Testing 
    Please contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to request a blood lead screen; they may be able to perform the service in their office or refer you to a laboratory. If your PCP is unable to perform the service or refer you or your child for a lead screen at a laboratory, please see below:
  • Children
    • Walk-in blood lead screening for children is available at the GCHD Burton Health Center, located at G-3373 S. Saginaw St., Burton 48529.
    • Hours are 8-11 am and 1-3 pm, Monday through Friday. Hours may vary; parents should call 810-257-3833 for information.
    • A parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of service.
    • Bring a copy of the child’s insurance card.
    • Parents should note that due to the high number of children being seen for this service, there will be a wait.
    • Children will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a possibility that families may need to return on another day if there are several children registered and waiting for the blood-lead screen.
    • Parents should call 810-257-3833 for more information.
  • Adults
    • Adults requesting a blood lead screen may make an appointment or walk-in at the GCHD Primary Care Clinic, located at 630. S. Saginaw St, Suite 4, Flint 48502.
    • Hours are 8-11am and 1-4pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; Tuesday hours are 1-4pm.
    • Please bring a copy of your insurance card.
    • Due to the high number of people requesting this service, there will be a wait.
    • Adults presenting to the clinic for walk-in service will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a possibility that adults may need to return on another day if there are several people registered and waiting for the blood lead screen.
    • Please call 810-257-3445 for more information.
  • Fire Station #1, 310 East 5th St., Flint, MI 48502
  • Fire Station #3, 1525 Martin Luther King Ave., Flint, MI 48503
  • Fire Station #5, 3402 Western Rd., Flint, MI 48506
  • Fire Station #6, 716 West Pierson Rd., Flint, MI 48505
  • Fire Station #8, 202 East Atherton Rd., Flint, MI 48507
  • Water Filter Pickup Locations
    Hours of Operation 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Flint City Hall, 101 Saginaw St #310, Flint, MI 48502 See Map

    • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 125 E. Union St., Flint, MI 48502
    • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 4809 Clio Road, Flint, MI 48504
    • Genesee County Community Action Resource Department, 2727 Lippincott, Flint, MI 48507
    • Genesee County Community Action Resource Department, 601 N. Saginaw, Flint, MI 48502
  • Mental Health and Stress Counseling 
    • To talk to a Mental Health Professional (at no charge) at Community Action Neighborhood Safe House. Call at 810-257-3705 Monday—Friday 8-5.
    • Christ Enrichment Center at 643 W. Austin Blvd. Flint, 48505 on Tuesdays 9-12 & 1-3.

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FLINT ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG & NEWS 

WCB attorneys are investigating the Flint crisis and other environmental toxic tort issues and write blog posts sharing the information. Here are a few of the most recent toxic contamination posts:

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 4.20.13 PM.pngLead service line replacement to begin in Flint amid water crisis

iStock_000033519524_Small.jpgWhy Class Actions Don’t Always Protect Toxic Exposure Victims

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Lead Poisoning Still With Us- Just Ask Flint, Michigan

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When Science is For Sale, It’s Toxic

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Lead in Water is a Nationwide Problem

iStock_000060792644_Small 250x250.jpgCrisis in Flint MI caused by ‘institutional scientific misconduct’

Visit the complete Environmental Tort Law Blog

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Call now at 215-557-0099 (PA) or 856-667-0500 (NJ) to speak with one of our environmental attorneys and learn your legal options and have your questions answered. If it’s after 5:30pm, fill out this confidential inquiry form and we’ll get back to you.

Watch our Facebook page for news, event days and times of meetings in Flint. “Like” the page to have our updates display in your news feed.

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