GM Injury Lawsuit News Update: GM Ignition Death Toll Rises Again

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Attorneys handling national GM injury lawsuits at The Onder Law Firm provide timely GM injury lawsuit news at GMInjuryLawsuitCenter.com.

James G. Onder

In a weekly update on the GM ignition injury compensation fund, Kenneth Feinberg’s office confirmed 21 GM ignition deaths – an increase from last week’s count of 19, according to an article published September 22 in the New York Times.* Lawyers handling GM injury and death lawsuits for The Onder Law Firm provide timely GM lawsuit news updates at GMInjuryLawsuitCenter.com.

For months, GM officials estimated the deaths resulting from the GM ignition defect to be limited to 13, according to the article. However, after only six weeks in operation, 19 death claims have already been approved by compensation fund director Kenneth Feinberg. The company has not said whether these 19 claims include the original 13 or not. The GM injury fund has also confirmed 16 injuries linked to the ignition defect, including four severe injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burns, according to the article.

Persons who accept compensation money from the fund waive the right to file a GM ignition injury lawsuit. However, families may decide whether to accept the compensation or file a GM injury lawsuit after their claim has been accepted, according to the official website for the compensation fund.**

GM has begun to face ignition injury lawsuits throughout the nation, filed by persons and the families of persons who were injured or killed in a vehicle recalled for ignition problems. One such GM ignition injury lawsuit was filed 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, Skyesha Felix et al v. General Motors, LLC, Case No. 1422-CC09472 in St. Louis City Circuit Court, was filed by and on behalf of over fifteen plaintiffs who were involved in a vehicular accident in a recalled GM car and sustained injuries or were killed, according to court documents. This particular GM ignition lawsuit has been scheduled for a jury trial beginning July 6, 2015, according to court documents. These plaintiffs may have also filed GM injury claims through the compensation fund; if their claims are accepted, they will have to choose whether to accept the claims or pursue their GM injury lawsuit in St. Louis.

Lawyers handling national GM injury and death lawsuit claims believe that individuals and the family members of persons harmed in a GM vehicle subject to the ignition switch recall 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. The GM Injury Lawsuit Center website provides timely ignition lawsuit news updates and 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.

*nytimes.com/2014/09/23/business/deaths-from-faulty-switch-in-gm-cars-edge-higher.html
**gmignitioncompensation.com

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