GM Refuses to Extend Ignition Switch Claim Deadline

January 28, 2015

Last November, we discussed the General Motors victim compensation fund, which the automobile manufacturer has set up for individuals, and families of individuals, injured as a result motor vehicle accidents caused by defective ignition switches in GM vehicles.  In our last post, we told you that GM had extended the filing deadline for filing a claim with the victim compensation fund to January 31, 2015.  With GM declining to extend the deadline a second time, injured victims have only days left to file a claim with the compensation fund.

During the extension period, the numbers of injury and death claims have risen significantly.  Despite this indication that there are potentially more injured victims, GM has rejected the requests of multiple Senators to give victims and their families more time to file.  With GM showing little regard for the casualties of its defective automobiles, it is important that victims and their families know that a failure to file a claim with the victim compensation fund by January 31, 2015 does not extinguish the legal rights of injured individuals or their families to pursue legal action against GM.

The fund was set up by and for GM, a cost-saving/public relations measure taken to address a widely publicized failure to protect the public from dangerous auto defects.  Those injured by a recalled ignition switch are not required to file a claim through the GM fund and may instead pursue legal action against the manufacturer.  If you believe you have a claim against GM, you should contact an experienced product liability lawyer to ensure that you receive just compensation.

Serving clients in Cleveland, Ohio and across the country, the GM ignition switch lawyers of Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA have a proven track record of helping those injured by defective products.  Contact us today for a free telephone consultation.

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