Persons harmed in recalled GM vehicles have the option to file a GM ignition injury lawsuit rather than make a claim to the compensation fund.
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 31, 2014
GM ignition recall attorneys filed a lawsuit against General Motors in the City of St. Louis on August 20, 2014 by and on behalf of Missouri residents who were harmed and killed in vehicles with faulty ignition switches.* The lawsuit, Case No. 1422-CC09472 in St. Louis City Circuit Court, was recently scheduled for a jury trial, according to court documents. Lawyers handling GM injury and death lawsuits for The Onder Law Firm provide timely GM lawsuit news updates at GMInjuryLawsuitCenter.com.
The case, Skyesha Felix et al v. General Motors, LLC, includes more than fifteen separate plaintiffs, each of whom was either injured or lost a loved one when a GM crashed. A trial by jury has been scheduled for July 6, 2015, according to court documents.
During 2014, approximately 6.5 million vehicles in the GM lineup were recalled for ignition switch defects, according to a New York Times timeline.** Between January 31 and March 28, 2014, GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles that were known to have defective ignition switches. And between June 13 and June 16, 2014, the company recalled almost 4 million more GM vehicles for a similar ignition switch defect. According to the NY Times piece, the majority of these vehicles were from the model years 2003-2007.
As early as 2001, according to court documents for the lawsuit filed by GM injury lawyers that is awaiting trial in St. Louis, GM was aware of the problems with its ignition switch. Yet the company installed the defective switches into millions of vehicles, and made no moves to publicly warn consumers of the danger posed by the defect, contended the lawsuit. According to court documents, “Since at least 2001, GM knew about the safety-related defects in the vehicles at issue in this case and did nothing to recall the cars, fully remedy the defects and/or warn users of the defects. Rather, GM intentionally, purposely, fraudulently and systematically concealed the defects.”
A compensation fund has been established by General Motors to compensate victims of the ignition switch defect, according to the fund’s official website.*** However, the fund is only accessible to those whose vehicles were recalled among the first 2.6 million vehicles. According to the official GM ignition recall compensation fund website, participation in the fund is voluntary. Persons and the family members of persons harmed in recalled GM vehicles have the option to file a GM ignition injury lawsuit rather than make a claim to the compensation fund.
Attorneys handling GM injury lawsuits nationwide believe that individuals and the family members of persons harmed in a GM vehicle that was later recalled for an ignition switch defect may be entitled to real compensation through submitting a GM injury lawsuit. Lawyers handling GM lawsuits provide no-obligation case reviews to individuals and families determine if they have grounds for a GM ignition injury claim. The GM Injury Lawsuit Center website provides timely GM ignition recall news updates and lawsuit information at GMInjuryLawsuitCenter.com.
The Onder Law Firm welcomes GM Ignition Injury Lawsuit inquiries from law firms in regards to handling them or working as co-counsel.
About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. The consumer and family litigators at The Onder Law Firm have represented thousands of Americans in lawsuits against multinational conglomerates from products liability for manufacture of defective or dangerous products to deceptive advertising practices. Other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is also a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation. The Onder Law Firm offers information from lawyers handling GM injury lawsuits at http://www.gminjurylawsuitcenter.com.
- Skyesha Felix et al v. General Motors, LLC, Case No. 1422-CC09472, St. Louis City Circuit Court
**nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/18/business/gms-ignition-problem-who-knew-what-when.html?_r=0 May 18, 2014