As of December 15, four more deaths had been linked to General Motors ignition defect, raising the total to 42 fatalities that GM now admits to. This new number was released in a report from Ken Feinberg, who as you know is running the compensation fund for victims of crashes caused by the faulty ignition. GM has received a total of 2,326 claims — 251 for deaths, 156 for catastrophic injuries and 1,919 for less-serious injuries that required hospitalization — according to the latest report from Mr. Feinberg. Of the 251 death claims the fund has received so far, 46 have been deemed ineligible and the fund is seeking additional information in 83 other cases. Thus far the fund has found seven claims for serious injuries to be eligible and approved 51 other lesser injury claims, according to the report.
This latest report showed an increase of death claims from 38 to 42. Payment for eligible death claims is at least $1 million, according to the fund’s protocol. Payouts for severe injuries are calculated individually and take into account whether a long-term care plan is required. The fund began accepting claims in August, but GM said in November that it extended the deadline for applications to its ignition switch compensation fund from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31.
It was reported that GM has sent notices to more than 4 million current and past owners of eligible GM cars. GM says it’s extending the deadline “out of an abundance of caution.” Based on our handling of claims, we know that GM knew all about the serious safety defect and engaged a massive cover-up for over ten years. We also know that hundreds of innocent people were killed and hundreds more injured because of the defective ignition switch and GM’s cover-up.
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