(AMN) – The claims period related to the State’s Flint water civil settlement will officially open January 12, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.
The historic settlement was formally approved in November. A breakdown of contributing defendants is as follows:
- State of Michigan, $600 million;
- City of Flint, $20 million through its insurer;
- McLaren Regional Medical Center, $5 million; and
- Rowe Professional Services Co., $1.25 million.
The period allows individuals who previously registered to participate in the settlement to submit their claims forms and related materials either online or through the mail. In general, however, claimants are encouraged to file online, if possible, to assist with processing.
The deadline for submitting claims is May 12, 2022.
“The opening of the claims period marks an important part of the settlement process – and one step closer to providing monetary relief to those who have endured unimaginable hardship,” Nessel said. “I ask that registrants review the latest information to best understand how to file their claim.”
The claims administrator has established a telephone help line that registrants can call for assistance in any aspect of the claims process. That telephone number is (800) 493-1754.
ADDITIONAL SETTLEMENT BACKGROUND
Judge Judith E. Levy gave preliminary approval to the settlement last January, which established the process through which Flint residents could indicate their intention to file eligible settlement claims that will be processed and paid by the claims administrator.
During the settlement’s three-day fairness hearing in July, Judge Levy listened to arguments and objections to determine whether the settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable. She issued her ruling approving the settlement in November.
Detailed information will continue to be available on the claims administrator website.
The preliminary agreement specified that about 80% of the net settlement fund will be spent on claims of children who were minors when first exposed to the Flint River water, with a large majority of that amount to be paid for claims of children age six and younger, and earmarking 2% to go to special education services in Genesee County. Another 18% of the net settlement funds are to be spent on claims of adults and for property damage. Roughly 1% will go toward claims for business losses.
The amount of money to be paid to individual claimants won’t be determined until the claims process ends as it depends, in part, on the number of claims submitted and found to be eligible.