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    Over 1,000 GM compensation claims made due to faulty ignition switch


    Another three new claims have been added to a programme to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors (GM) vehicles. A total of 1,371 GM compensation claims have been made for deaths and injuries due to the fault but the company have faced criticism for waiting 11 years to recall millions of vehicles thought to have problems with the ignition switch. The faulty switch can easily slip out of position which can, in turn, cause airbags to fail and stalls the vehicle.

    The fault led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles at the beginning of 2014. A total of 52 claims have been deemed eligible for compensation, with 27 of these death-related and 25 injury-related. The number of claims rose by 21% last week due to 13 new death claims and several new claims for injuries requiring hospitalisation. The total number of injury claims has now risen from 886 to 1,108, while the total number of death-related claims has risen to 178. Applications for compensation will be taken up until December 31st 2014 and three families have so far been reported to have taken the amount of compensation offered by the company.

    Claims for faulty vehicles

    Vehicles which have a fault in their mechanics can result in a serious accident on the road, particularly if the fault is related to the brake or any safety components of the car. Safety components can protect from serious injury in the event of an accident therefore faults with airbags or speed safety equipment could result in a very painful or long-term injury to passengers in the vehicle. Compensation can potentially be won if you have suffered an injury or have had a death in the family due to a faulty vehicle like in the GM compensation case. Should you have suffered a loss in income due to your injury or you have suffered due to a loss in the family, compensation can help you cope financially in the aftermath of a tragedy.

    Get help financially

    Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 should you need advice on claiming compensation for injuries that were the fault of someone else. Should you have sustained an injury in a faulty vehicle then you could be entitled to a payout which can help you cope with repair costs, medical costs and any loss in wages. Get help today from one of our experts and make the claim you are entitled to.

    Source: Reuters 

    Date Published: October 30, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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