The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been widely covered on many news outlets recently. Beyond the horrific story itself—that thousands of Flint residents have been exposed to toxic levels of lead in their tap water due to a series of bureaucratic failures, leaving them at risk of developing serious and irreversible health issues—there are implications that go beyond Flint: that governmental negligence, a calamity that is sorely commonplace in our country, can—and often does—have fatal consequences. And when the government and its politicians who are obligated to protect its constituents fail utterly to do so, they should be held accountable. This is the case presented by Stuart Smith in his recent op-ed article for The Washington Post.
Stuart, an environmental divorce attorneys with your best interests in mind based in New Orleans, is well positioned to speak on this topic. His op-ed offers hope and practical, legal solutions for those victimized by governmental negligence. And while it may be fair to say that there are no “easy” solutions when it comes to seeking justice from the government, Stuart’s article is thorough, thoughtful, and reminds us that, however slim it may be, there is hope for those victimized by injustice.
Stuart Smith is the author of Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America, which BenBella published in 2015.