Feinberg: 19 Deaths Thus Far Linked To Faulty GM Ignition

feinberg 19 deaths thus far linked to faulty gm ignition

Over a month since the first claims were filed by those affected by a defective General Motors ignition switch originally linked to 31 accidents and 13 deaths, compensation administrator and attorney Kenneth Feinberg has found a total of 19 deaths and 31 eligible claims thus far.

CNN Money reports 125 death and 320 accident claims have been submitted since the filing period began August 1 of this year. Out of the filings, 31 claims were found eligible, while most remain under review as of this writing. Additionally, less than 12 claims were denied to date.

Aside from the 19 deaths, Feinberg found four of the accident claimants suffered severe injuries — quadriplegia, serious burns, brain damage et al — in crashes tied to the switch, with another eight reporting less severe injuries.

Finally, the majority of the claims filed were tied to young drivers operating their first car when their injuries or fatalities occurred.

As for why the death toll rose in the compensation program, Feinberg noted that his program’s “proximate cause” standard was “easier to satisfy” from a legal standpoint, whereas the GM engineers who reported on the original 13 linked fatalities were doing so from an engineering point-of-view.

Compensation per claim ranges from $20,000 for less serious injuries, to $1 million plus an estimated future earnings potential and $300,000/surviving spouse/dependent for deaths caused by the switch. Those who accept must forego suing the automaker in exchange.

Feinberg’s office will accept claims until the end of 2014, with all claims reviewed by the middle of next year. Approximately 100 claims are filed each week with the office at present.

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  • Stuki Stuki on Sep 16, 2014

    " As for why the death toll rose in the compensation program, Feinberg noted that his program’s “proximate cause” standard was “easier to satisfy” from a legal standpoint, whereas the GM engineers who reported on the original 13 linked fatalities were doing so from an engineering point-of-view. " Hey, lawyers gotta loot and pretend they are somehow useful people. And progressives dronelings gotta cheer. I mean, those engineers, they aren't even, like, preening around on TV with the Kardashians and Obamas and, like, stuff. How can they be, like, fighting the bad coprorations... and having sex and stuff..

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Sep 17, 2014

    So, What does Ren Cen actually mean? There's a full hotel in there with GM? What % of the towers does GM actually occupy? What all can you do in there? Has it always been the case that GM didn't need all the office space? These things are news to me!

  • Daniel J Also, the additional 20K is spread out over a loan, which could end up closer to 24K.
  • Wolfwagen When will GM and Dodge/Ram come out with a BOF 2 door sport utility? Im not one that jumps on the first year new vehicle bandwagon, but for a new Ramcharger, I'd sleep out in front of a dealership for days to be first in line for preordering (or infront of my computer for hours)
  • Wolfwagen Is it me or does the front end look like a smaller silverado?
  • MQHokie Who decided moving all headlight control to the touchscreen was a good idea? I assume this means no manual high beam control anymore, so you're at the mercy of the automatic system that gets fooled by street lights, porch lights, sign reflections etc. Not to mention a good software bug or a light sensor failure might render the lights inoperable. With all the restrictions the NHTSA has placed on USA headlight design over the years, it amazes me that this is even legal.
  • Teddyc73 The Bronco just doesn't have enough editions and models.
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