American families who have been harmed by the GM ignition defect are rightfully choosing to pursue every avenue at their disposal for justice. Our goal is to support families and fight on their behalf to achieve fair compensation for their losses.
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) December 02, 2014
Attorneys monitoring GM ignition recall lawsuits report a rise in GM injury and death claims this week. Claims are being filed both in courts nationwide and through the General Motors compensation fund. A report from General Motors’ official Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility indicates that the GM ignition death count has continued to increase, according to an article published on December 1 in the Detroit News.* GM injury lawsuits have been filed around the nation in municipal and district courts, including one representing multiple plaintiffs in the city of St. Louis.** The Onder Law Firm is a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm representing clients nationwide in GM injury and death lawsuits.
The claims made in the GM injury lawsuit filed in the city of St. Louis are representative of other GM lawsuits nationwide, according to court documents. Fifteen plaintiffs, including persons who sustained injuries in GM vehicles and family members of persons killed in GM vehicles, have joined together to seek damages from GM for their losses, according to court documents. Each of these persons was injured in a car accident while traveling in a GM vehicle that was later recalled for the widespread ignition defect, according to court documents.
Pursuing litigation against General Motors is one route for persons who have suffered damages resulting from an accident in one of 2.6 million vehicles GM has recalled this year for ignition switch defects. Another is to file a claim through the company’s compensation fund, which is being overseen by Kenneth Feinberg. As of December 1, 2014, the company has confirmed and offered compensation for 36 deaths and 44 injuries, according to the Detroit News. The current death count is much higher than the original 13 ignition switch deaths General Motors had acknowledged, according to the article. 375 more claims are currently being reviewed for compensation, according to the article, and the fund will continue to accept new claims until January 31, 2015.
"American families who have been allegedly harmed by the GM ignition defect are rightfully choosing to pursue every avenue at their disposal for justice. Our goal is to support families and fight on their behalf to achieve fair compensation for their losses," said Jim Onder of the Onder Law Firm.
General Motors has already paid $35 million in fines to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a result of its delay in recalling the dangerous vehicles, according to the Detroit News. The company anticipates paying $400-600 million in claims through the official fund, as reported by the News. No estimates have been made officially regarding amounts the company expects to pay to settle GM injury lawsuits nationwide. The company is also facing litigation from vehicle owners nationwide who allege their vehicles have lost value as a result of the ignition switch recall, such as the GM lawsuit filed in Alabama in April of 2014, Ashworth v. General Motors, LLC (Case 2:14-cv-00607, Alabama District Court, Northern District).
Attorneys representing families in national GM injury claims believe that persons harmed in a GM vehicle later recalled for a faulty ignition switch may be entitled to real compensation by filing a GM injury lawsuit. Lawyers handling GM ignition lawsuits provide no-obligation case reviews to individuals and families.
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 in St. Louis City Circuit Court, August 20, 2014