General Motors’ Ignition Switch Compensation Program gets More than 4,100 Claims

General Motors’ Ignition Switch Compensation Program gets More than 4,100 Claims

The number of claims about General Motors Co's ignition switch has been surging. The compensation program reported a surge in claims in its final days. According to reports, more than 1,100 submissions were added in the final week. The new submissions have brought the total more than 4,100, including more than 450 death claims.

As per the reports, the total could rise as claims postmarked by January 31 will be considered by compensation lawyer Kenneth Feinberg and his law firm. During an interview on Sunday, Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the program, said that the claims for deaths linked to the recalled General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches have risen by over 100 in final week to more than 450. It was up from 338 a week earlier, Biros added.

Biros further said claims for severe injuries have risen to about 278, which were 224 during a week earlier. Adding to that, claims for less severe injuries have gone beyond 3,440, up from 2,508 a week earlier, Biros added. According to the deputy administrator, the fund has approved three additional claims, including a death claims. Now, the total of approved claims have reached to 128 in total, which included 51 deaths, 69 less serious injury claims and eight serious injury claims.

According to the reports, it could take about six months from the time the program received the final claim. Biros said, "The program has made 93 settlement offers; 40 have been paid and 49 accepted; none have been officially rejected. The program has determined that 482 of the claims are ineligible, including one that sought compensation for a dog that died".

As per Biros, the big jump in claims was never unexpected. She further said that many in other compensation programs usually wait until the last minute to file claims.

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