As the deadline for the ignition switch claims process of General Motors passed, the tally of the claims soared over 4000 mark. When the ignition switch recalls compensation claim closed for appeal the total number of victims stood at 4,180. The tally is likely to climb more because they are still accepting claims postmarked January 31.
According to the latest recording of the compensation claim process conducted by the lawyer team piloted by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg from February 1, 51 death claims, 8 disastrous injury kind like amputation, and 69 lesser injuries requiring hospital care. This is one fatality more according to The Wall Street Journal, and also two more cases where the victims were hurt by defective components over what was announced earlier. A PDF document posted on the website will show you the full tally of the ignition switch claims.
Petitions were accepted starting August 1 by the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility from victims who were injured or from the family members of the killed victims. Initially, the process was scheduled to expire on December 31 but an extension of one month was awarded to accommodate more genuine claimants.
Citing the closing date as an arbitrary decision, the US senators were putting pressure to prolong the appeal period. The idea was shot down by the General Motors, however. According to attorney Feinberg, all the compensation offered to the claimants have been accepted. The work on the compensation fund is far from closed in spite of setting the deadline as January 31.
In fact, the law team constituted for the purpose has more than 1100 cases to analyze for authenticity which also include death claims numbering 110. The details of the ignition switch cases have been sourced from the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility and The Wall Street Journal.