GM Lawsuit News: Death Count Steadily Rises for GM Ignition Compensation Fund

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

James G. Onder

In weekly reports, the official GM ignition recall compensation fund has announced a steadily increasing death toll. This week, the compensation fund headed by Kenneth Feinberg confirmed a 24th death, according to an October 6 article in the New York Times.* Attorneys handling GM ignition lawsuits for The Onder Law Firm provide timely GM injury lawsuit news updates at GMInjuryLawsuitCenter.com.

This week, the total number of claims submitted to the compensation fund had risen to 1,130, up from 867 claims last week. A majority of these claims have been neither confirmed nor denied. Among the claims are 165 GM wrongful death claims, according to the article.

The GM ignition switch compensation fund was launched in August of 2014 and will continue to accept claims for the remainder of the year, according to the fund’s official website.** The fund accepts claims for wrongful injury or death that occurred in a vehicle recalled for ignition switch problems. Injuries are categorized by level of severity and include quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burns, according to the official GM compensation fund website. The site also outlines the legal rights of persons filing claims to the compensation fund: if offered compensation through the fund, the party must surrender the right to file a separate GM ignition injury in order to accept the money.

Some persons harmed in recalled GM vehicles are choosing to pursue a traditional litigation path, filing GM lawsuits in circuit and federal courts. One such GM lawsuit is underway in the City of St. Louis.*** 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. 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. Should these plaintiffs choose to also file claims through GM’s compensation fund, they may have to choose whether to accept the compensation or litigate.

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 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/2014/10/07/business/gm-compensation-fund-approves-24th-death-claim.html
**gmignitioncompensation.com
*** Skyesha Felix et al v. General Motors, LLC, Case No. 1422-CC09472 in St. Louis City Circuit Court, August 20, 2014

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