General Motors Co. (GM) plans to pay out for 19 deaths caused by a faulty ignition switch, under a newly announced compensation scheme. The auto manufacturer had previously accepted responsibility for 13 deaths. The ignition switch, which was installed in over 2.5 million GM cars, was faulty and could move out of the ‘run’ position, stalling vehicles and disabling their airbags, posing a risk to safety.
The compensation scheme has not yet announced how much each claimant will receive, and GM still refuses to officially attribute the additional 6 deaths to the faulty switch. 320 claims for injury and 125 death claims have already been submitted, but many are still being reviewed and it’s not clear how many of these claims have been rejected. It’s thought that the amount of compensation offered under the scheme will be high in a bid to dissuade claimants from filing a lawsuit against the firm.
Claiming compensation for manufacturer’s negligence
When you buy a product, particularly larger goods such as electrical appliances or cars, you trust the manufacturer to carry out safety tests and ensure that the product is safe to use. If you have been affected by a negligent manufacturer, you may be able to claim compensation. Whether somebody you know has been injured or killed, or you yourself have been affected, there’s usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim. Contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you may be able to make a claim – this will depend on whether it can be proven that negligence has occurred.
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