FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Thousands of people in Flint have joined a class action lawsuit aimed at compensation for pain and suffering endured because of high levels of lead in their water.
One of the law firms involved in the class action lawsuit involving the Flint water emergency, Goodman and Hurwitz, is based in Detroit. They, along with the other firms, recently won a major victory.
The U-S Sixth District Court of Appeals has ruled that two class action lawsuits can proceed. Federal judge Judith Levy has scheduled a hearing for September 29.
"She wants to make sure that this case is resolved as soon as possible so the people of Flint can get on with their lives," said attorney Michael Pitt.
Attorneys involved in the case met Tuesday in Detroit for a strategy session. Their goal is to see that everyone who was exposed to the high lead levels in Flint water is compensated.
"Everybody who has suffered from what happened in Flint will have the right to step up and assert a claim," said attorney Julie Hurwitz.
Many in Flint think Governor Rick Snyder should take some of the blame for the water emergency. The attorneys say the lawsuit includes him.
"He already is part of the civil suit and the 6th circuit court of appeals has just ruled that absolutely he is in it," said Hurwitz.
The attorneys say their clients feel morally betrayed and violated. The lawsuit calls for the city of Flint, the state and the federal government to help people recover financially.
"The children are worried what their future is going to be like and of course the parents feel guilty that they were not able to protect their children from this," said attorney Cynthia Lindsey.
Although 20,000 Flint residents are part of this class action lawsuit, the attorney here say it's not too late for others to join.