The General Motors ignition switch compensation fund has rejected 91 percent of claims filed with the fund, according to revised statistics released by the fund late last month. It appears that only 399 of the total claims filed were accepted. Of the 4,434 claims submitted, the fund approved 124 claims in death cases, 17 in category one injury cases, which include quadriplegia, paraplegia, amputation and permanent brain damage, and 258 in category two injury cases that required hospitalization within 48 hours of the accident.
The fund found a total of 3,944 claims ineligible for compensation, according to the revised statistics. According to a representative for the fund 63 claims are still outstanding. As we have reported, claimants accepting a settlement waive their right to sue GM. However, those who reject a settlement offer can pursue their case in court. Our firm and Lance Cooper’s firm have been well satisfied with the results we have had with the fund. We still have claims pending, however, that weren’t submitted to the fund and we will pursue those in court in several states.
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