General Motors Ignition Switch Recall – Claims Resolution Facility
July 1, 2014
Yesterday, General Motors announced details regarding a plan to distribute money to victims of accidents caused by GM’s defective ignition switch. These payouts could cost GM billions of dollars. Kenneth R. Feinberg, a prominent compensation expert will serve as the Administrator of the facility (which is not capped at any specific amount). The facility is formally referred to as the “General Motors Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility.”
To be eligible to file a claim under the Facility, you must meet the following criteria (according to the Final Protocol of the Facility):
- You must have been a driver, passenger, pedestrian or an occupant of another vehicle involved in an accident resulting in physical injury or death due to the ignition switch defect involving an “Eligible Vehicle.””
- “Eligible Vehicle[s]” include various Chevrolet, Daewoo, Opel, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles from model years as early as 2003 to as late as 2007. These are referred to as “Production Part Vehicles” according to the Final Protocol of the Facility. Additionally, vehicles into which the defective ignition switch was installed are considered “Eligible Vehicles.”
- The Administrator clearly stated that claims where the airbag deployed during the accident and/or seatbelt pretensioners deployed during the accident are ineligible.
The amount of compensation available from the Facility depends upon the severity of the injury suffered. There are three categories:
- Individual death claims
- Category One Physical Injury Claims – claims involving quadriplegic injury, paraplegic injury, double amputation, permanent brain damage requiring continuous home medical assistance, or pervasive burns encompassing a substantial part of the body.
- Category Two Physical Injury Claims – claims, other than Category One Physical Injury Claims, that, within 48 hours of the accident, require either overnight hospitalization of one or more nights or, in extraordinary circumstances as determined on a case by case basis by the Administrator, outpatient medical treatment.
Our firm is ready to help clients in the Claims Resolution Facility process. Please contact us at 1-888-CALL-SAM (1-888-225-5726) or complete a simple, free consultation form.