124 Deaths Linked to GM Faulty Ignition Switch – Others Excluded from Compensation
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jul 23, 2015 in Product Liability
According to a recent report from the General Motors (GM) compensation fund for victims of the company's faulty ignition switch, there have been 124 deaths and 266 injuries tied to the defect.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a faulty ignition switch, contact the product liability lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan at (888) 213-8140 for a free evaluation of your case. Our experienced team of legal professionals will help you determine if legal action is right for you.
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Some Victims Left Out
GM created the fund last year to compensate victims who were killed or injured by the defect, which caused the ignition switch to shift into the off position, simultaneously turning off safety features like power steering and airbags. Through a criminal investigation it was discovered that the company hid the problem from the public for more than a decade.
Earlier this month, Kenneth Feinberg, who was chosen to head the compensation fund, said they had finished processing the 4,342 claims it received. Of that total, 80 percent were identified as ineligible and 453 were deficient.
Twenty-four of the deficient claims allege that a death resulted from the faulty ignition switch, while the rest claim injuries. Those with deficient claims have until the end of the month to provide additional documentation like medical records and photos to support their claim.
Unfortunately, the fund only covers 2.59 million vehicles with one specific flaw. There are another 10 million vehicles that were recalled shortly after for a very similar ignition switch problem. However, because GM recalled the vehicles immediately and did not try to hide the problem, the company has exempted those vehicles from eligibility for compensation from the fund.
Despite encouragement from Congressional leaders, the company chose to continue to exclude the 10 million additional vehicles and countless victims.
Our experienced team of product liability lawyers have been following the GM ignition switch saga from the very beginning and are prepared to represent those who have been injured or killed as a result of the faulty ignition switch.