GM Ignition Compensation
Claims Resolution Facility
GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility Announces an Extension of the Claims Filing Deadline.
FOR RELEASE: November 17, 2014.
Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Administrator of the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility, announced today a one month extension of the claim filing deadline for submission of claims to the Facility. The current deadline of December 31, 2014 has been extended to January 31, 2015. Claimants, therefore, have an additional month to file their claims with the Facility.
In announcing this one month extension, Mr. Feinberg emphasized that the many efforts to notify all eligible claimants have been largely successful. Notice has already been sent to almost four and one half million individuals targeting all current and prior owners of the eligible vehicles. An additional one month extension is being implemented “out of an abundance of caution,” he stated and because supplemental notice is being mailed this week by GM to approximately 850,000 newly registered owners and to those individuals for whom a change in registration, change of address or corrected address has been received.
“I believe that the many efforts to reach all possible GM automobile owners, former owners and others who might have been adversely impacted by a defective ignition switch have been both comprehensive and effective. There will always be some individuals who do not receive formal notice and are generally unaware of available compensation. But such individuals appear to be very few in number,” said Mr. Feinberg.
Mr. Feinberg added: “Because of our determination to provide comprehensive notice and give each claimant an opportunity to
file a claim in a timely manner, we have decided to extend the filing deadline an additional 30 days until January 31, 2015.”
- The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate in the Program. Only if the individual is satisfied with the compensation provided, does he/she agree to waive their rights to litigate against GM.
- Mr. Feinberg retains complete and sole discretion over all compensation awards to eligible victims, including eligibility to participate in the Program and the amounts awarded. By agreement, GM cannot reject the Administrator’s final determinations as to eligibility and amount of compensation.
- The Program has no aggregate cap; GM has agreed to pay whatever the Administrator deems appropriate in each and every individual case.
- Individuals who previously settled their claims with GM before knowing of the ignition switch defect will be permitted to enter the Program and may receive additional compensation.
- Contributory negligence attributed to the driver of the vehicle e.g. intoxication, speeding, etc. is irrelevant; the new Program will not examine or evaluate any such contributory negligence.
- Claimants filing a claim with the Administrator will be required to prove that the ignition switch defect in an “eligible vehicle,” as defined in the Program, was the “proximate cause” of the death or physical injury in the accident.
- The Program will recognize three different categories of eligible claims: Individual Death Claims, Individual Claims involving the most serious physical injuries (e.g. quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries, permanent brain damage, etc.) and less serious physical injuries involving hospitalization or, in limited circumstances, immediate outpatient medical treatment.
- Eligible claims will be paid within 90-180 days from the time that a submitted claim is deemed “substantially complete” by the Administrator.
A copy of the Protocol is available on this website.
Neither the Facility nor anyone associated with it can be your lawyer, advocate on your behalf, or give you legal advice. Representatives of the Facility are authorized solely to explain the terms of the Protocol.
You may if you choose communicate with the Facility through a lawyer you retain, as explained in the FAQs in which case the Facility will communicate with you only through your lawyer.
Communications with the Facility will be treated as confidential but they are not protected by the attorney-client privilege and may be subject to discovery through subpoena or other process.
August 1, 2014
Claim Form Submission Begins
January 31, 2015
Claim Form Deadline
The Claim Form Filing Deadline has Passed
To find out additional details regarding the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility, please read the Protocol
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