As of August 7, General Motors has accepted 113 claims for victims of faulty ignition switches, including 64 which were death claims. Ten claims were from people who have experienced a catastrophic injury, such as a brain injury, burns, or paralysis, while the 39 others were from people claiming less severe injuries.
“Some of the serious cases that I’ve looked at seem very, very well-documented in terms of what we need,” said Camille Biros, who is the deputy administrator of the victim-compensation program being overseen by Kenneth Feinberg. “But that doesn’t necessarily imply eligibility.”
Alabama-based attorney Jere Beasley says he has submitted nine claims but has more to submit, adding, “It’s sort of a test run to see how the fund is going to be administered and how they will deal with eligibility, the proximate cost and the amount.”
According to Automotive News, Biros feels that it’s simply too early to know how many of the claims could result in payments; most have just filed a claim with plans to later submit the proper documentation, such as such as police reports or data from a black box recorder, which is necessary to show that the defective ignition switch was the cause of the accident.