FLINT, Mich. (AP) –Several people in the Flint area have filed a lawsuit claiming they contracted Legionnaires’ disease after the city switched from Detroit’s water system to Flint River water.
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says the suit was filed in Genesee Circuit Court alleges McLaren Flint hospital and state officials didn’t do enough to protect patients against the outbreak. It seeks $100 million.
The state has reported that nearly 90 cases of Legionnaires’ were confirmed and nine people died between June 2014 and November 2015. About one-third of the infected people’s homes received Flint water, which was found to have elevated lead levels after the city began drawing from the Flint River.
The Detroit Free Press and The Flint Journal report that officials at the hospital and with Gov. Rick Snyder’s office declined to comment Tuesday on the lawsuit.