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Flint Lead Poisoning: State, McLaren Spar Over Water Samples

Lead Poisoning LawyerLANSING -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is demanding more answers and information from McLaren Flint, expressing concern the hospital or a consultant may have destroyed internal water system testing samples related to an initial regional outbreak of deadly Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Detroit News.

In a letter Monday, the department questioned whether McLaren withheld or destroyed bacterial cultures, called isolates, collected during testing of the hospital water system. McLaren strongly denied the suggestion in Wednesday emails to The Detroit News.

It's the latest public skirmish over who is to blame for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area that began soon after the city switched its water source to the Flint River in April 2014 as a money-saving measure. Flint previously used Lake Huron water drawn from the Detroit water system.

The state health department two weeks ago ordered McLaren to "immediately correct conditions" in its facility to reduce the risk of future exposure to Legionella after two hospital-associated cases in 2016.

Previous outbreaks, which many experts have linked to the larger Flint water contamination crisis, killed 12 Genesee County residents and sickened 91 during the summers of 2014 and 2015. The state says McLaren was associated with 40 of those cases and notes a hired consultant told the hospital in late 2014 that its internal water system was "likely" contributing to Legionella issues.

Child Lead Poisoning Injuries

Lead poisoning in children can lead to very serious consequences. Many of these conditions can be remain with the child for the rest of his or her life.

  • Loss of IQ points
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Loss of learning capacity
  • Hyperactivity and attention disorder (ADHD)
  • Delinquent and criminal behavior
  • Brain damage
  • Wrongful death

The injuries caused by lead poisoning prevent many children from reaching their full intellectual and earning potential. These children often need special education services for many years. As a result, the damages suffered by a lead poisoned child are significant.  We have won large lead poisoning settlements throughout Michigan and Ohio for children and their parents.

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Contact a Leading Michigan Lead Poisoning Lawyer

Parents of children injured in an accident should contact the Michigan child injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. We will begin gathering the witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case. Call us now at 1-800-606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan lead poisoning lawyers. We operate under a strict No Fee Promise, which means you will not owe us anything unless we are able to reach a settlement or jury verdict for your case. There is absolutely nothing to lose so do not hesitate! Call today to speak with an attorney about your child lead poisoning situation. 

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