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Reports Indicate Number of Deaths Linked to GM Recall Likely to Rise

Author Susan Harr

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (May 29, 2014) -- According to published reports, the number of deaths linked to GM's ignition switch recall is likely to rise once the company counts every individual killed in a crash with one of the recalled vehicles. Currently, GM has only admitted responsibility for deaths to front seat passengers. While the company has publicly linked the recalled vehicles to only 13 deaths, reports indicate that once the company takes into account fatalities of backseat passengers and those killed in other vehicles, the death toll will rise.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a national injury firm representing more than 800 individuals affected by the recall, has continually pushed GM to take responsibility for what the firm calls a "vast number of deaths" linked to the recall.

"We know of at least 68 deaths potentially linked to the defective cars not to mention countless other serious and catastrophic injuries," lead attorney Thomas J. Henry stated.

"I have personally advised GM's attorneys on the vast number of deaths and injuries I believe caused by the recalled cars… I have provided names and addresses of victims. I have no idea why they are saying there have only been 13 deaths," he added.

Recalled Vehicles Also Linked to Hundreds of Serious and Catastrophic Injuries

Attorneys representing accident victims also find it troubling that GM refuses to publicly acknowledge individuals who suffered serious and catastrophic injuries in accidents involving the recalled vehicles.

Thomas J. Henry was quoted as saying, "There are also 113 victims of serious, life altering injuries, including a baby who was permanently paralyzed and 643 others with broken bones, cuts, and scrapes. How can GM also ignore those victims?"

Firm Representing Nearly all Victims on GM's "13 Deaths" List

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is representing nearly all of the death victims acknowledged by GM on their list of 13, including the family of Gene Erickson who was killed in a Chevy Cobalt crash. His fiancee, Candice Anderson, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, was also seriously injured in the accident.

"GM has not even acknowledged the fiance of Gene Erickson…even though they count Gene on their list of 13 death victims,"Thomas J. Henry stated.

The firm also represents the family of Trenton Buzard, an infant who was left permanently paralyzed in a Chevy Cobalt crash that killed two members of his family, who are also on GM's list of 13.

"The same goes for Trenton Buzard. GM acknowledged that their defective vehicle caused the crash that killed his great grandmother and aunt, yet they take no responsibility for the fact that he is now paralyzed for life," Thomas J. Henry stated.

"These victims were injured over the last 10 years…and GM never acknowledged any of them," he added.

About Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a national injury firm representing GM recall victims in nearly every state in the U.S. The firm is currently representing nearly 800 people who died, family members who lost loved ones, serious injury victims, and others harmed by the GM ignition switch recall. 

One of the largest personal injury firms in the United States, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has been representing injured victims nationwide for more than 25 years.  The firm specializes in wrongful death, on the job injury, child injury, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, catastrophic injury, and company vehicle and 18-wheeler accident cases.

The firm was recently recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the Top 100 verdicts in the country in 2013 and by Texas Lawyer for having three of the top Texas verdicts for the year.  These cases involved work injuries and company vehicle accidents.  This comes on the heels of winning the number one back injury verdict in the country in 2012.

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Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys Receives Thousands of Responses in GM Recall Investigation

Author Susan Harr

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (May 16, 2014) -- Since launching their Nationwide GM Recall Investigation and Media Campaign, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has received thousands of stories from individuals affected by the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles with defective ignition switches.

The "My Recall Story" campaign used TV, web, and social media to reach out to Americans affected by the recall encouraging vehicle owners, mechanics, former GM employees, and anyone else who came in contact with these cars to come forward with their stories.

"We asked America for help and America answered," lead GM recall attorney Thomas J. Henry stated.

"We have gotten stories from people involved in crashes, mechanics who worked on the cars, former employees, and family members. While GM may not be willing to reveal the truth about these defective cars, the company cannot keep this quiet – too many others are willing to come forward and do the right thing," he added.

Quotes from "My Recall Story" Campaign

Since launching the campaign in late March, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, the nationwide injury firm handling a majority of the GM recall injury and death cases from across the U.S., received thousands of stories from individuals affected by the GM ignition switch recall. Excerpts from their stories can be viewed online at the My Recall Story Portal (myrecallstory.com.)

GM Recall Affects Company Perception

According to YouGov's BrandIndex, which conducts daily polls to gauge consumer's perception of brands, GM's brand perception or "Buzz Score" took a nosedive in mid-April, after the company issued recalls for defective ignition switches in millions of Chevy, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles.

According to BrandIndex, GM's "Buzz Score" dropped to -15 on March 25 from a +8 on Feb. 12. This was reportedly the auto-maker's worst score in three years, even lower than that during the company's 2012 bankruptcy bailout.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Family

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is currently representing individuals affected by the GM recall and have filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of victims and their families. Most recently, the firm filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the families of two teens killed in a Saturn Ion accident in 2005.

Excerpt from the lawsuit (Filed in Jefferson County, Texas Cause No. B-195717):

"On September 6, 2005, Emma Dyer was driving with her friend Anthony Harmon in the 2005 Saturn Ion on a Texas roadway in Jefferson County.  It was a clear and dry evening on a straight section of an east/west 2-lane roadway. As Emma was traveling east on the roadway she suddenly lost the ability to steer or control her vehicle. Emma's vehicle left the roadway, entered a grassy area and crashed into a nearby canal. Emma and Anthony drowned in the vehicle."

About Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a national injury firm representing GM recall victims in nearly every stated in the U.S. The firm is currently representing nearly 800 people who died, family members who lost loved ones, serious injury victims, and others harmed by the GM ignition switch recall. 

One of the largest personal injury firms in the United States, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has been representing injured victims nationwide for more than 25 years.  The firm specializes in wrongful death, on the job injury, child injury, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, catastrophic injury, and company vehicle and 18-wheeler accident cases.

The firm was recently recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the Top 100 verdicts in the country in 2013 and by Texas Lawyer for having three of the top Texas verdicts for the year.  These cases involved work injuries and company vehicle accidents.  This comes on the heels of winning the number one back injury verdict in the country in 2012.

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Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Infant Paralyzed in Chevy Cobalt Crash

Author Susan Harr

SAN ANTONIO, TX (May 6, 2014) -- Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, leaders in the national GM recall litigation, have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Trenton Buzard – a child who was permanently paralyzed in a Chevy Cobalt accident when he was just one year old (Filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, E-Filing Number 1405010892). The filing comes as a response to a recent meeting between Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys and GM attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

During Friday's meeting, Mr. Feinberg reportedly stated that GM would not necessarily evaluate victims based on individual cases, rather they would use a compensation plan similar to that implemented after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Boston Marathon bombings. The "September 11th Victim Compensation Fund" and "One Fund Boston" were both handled by Ken Feinberg and were funded by taxpayer dollars and private donations, respectively. 

"GM could have stopped these injuries and deaths from occurring at any time," he said, adding, "The GM Compensation Fund will not be funded by taxpayers or private donations because here we have a culpable responsible party - General Motors."

The lawsuit filed on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 on behalf of Trenton Buzard states the following:

"Given the vast number of instances of sudden engine power loss and non-deployment of airbags related to the defective ignition switch and New GM's discovery or knowledge of many or all of the instances beginning with its inception in July 2009, New GM should have aggressively taken remedial measures to address these defects. New GM failed to do so. In fact, this first recall was not implemented until 2014 – nearly ten years after the first instances of engine power loss."

Thomas J. Henry Meets with Ken Feinberg to Discuss Victim Compensation

Kenneth Feinberg, who met with Thomas J. Henry in Washington, D.C. last Friday to discuss the possibility of a compensation fund for victims, is now reportedly backtracking, telling Bloomberg News that "there were no settlement talks and GM has agreed to nothing."

According to Thomas J. Henry, the discussion by Mr. Feinberg related to the forming of a compensation fund for victims. Mr. Feinberg discussed the theoretical GM compensation fund and compared it to the funds implemented after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings.

"Feinberg represents GM and he is making it clear that GM won't take responsibility for their actions," Thomas J. Henry stated.

"Mary Barra and Ken Feinberg have both publicly discussed the civic and legal responsibilities of GM…but when it comes to Trenton Buzard GM has avoided this civic and legal responsibility.  Trenton was directly discussed and no one from GM responded.  We will ask a jury to decide what compensation should be provided to Trenton."

The Story of Trenton Buzard – An Infant Paralyzed for Life

Trenton Buzard is one of nearly 500 GM recall clients currently represented by the firm. According to his attorneys, his emotional story of survival is one that truly makes a case for lifelong compensation plans.

On April 2, 2009, one-year-old Trenton was travelling in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt with his great-grandmother and aunt. While returning to their home from visiting relatives, their car lost power and was struck by another vehicle. An expert later determined that the vehicle slipped out of the "on" position and into the "accessory" prior to the crash, a documented outcome of faulty ignition switches in 2.6 million recalled GM vehicles.

The crash claimed the lives of Trenton's 73-year-old great-grandmother and 13-year-old aunt as well as the driver of the other vehicle. Trenton was the sole survivor of the accident. He was left paralyzed from the waist down and required a feeding tube and breathing apparatus to stay alive. According to his doctors, Trenton will live the rest of his life wheelchair bound and unable to walk, requiring lifelong assistance.

Excerpt from the lawsuit:

"As a direct and proximate result of the collision and the negligent conduct of Defendants, TRENTON BUZARD suffered severe bodily injuries including a cervical spinal cord injury and brain hemorrhages, and resulting paralysis.  The injuries are permanent in nature."

"These children, these families, these lives…they are too important to be lumped up into an underfinanced fund," Thomas J. Henry stated.

"GM is paying herds of lawyers to go to New York to fight for a bankruptcy shield while little Trenton Buzard lies paralyzed. GM knows about the Buzard family and to this day has not offered them any help. GM knew about Trenton as far back as 2010 and sat on this information without ever reaching out to help this little boy. What responsible corporate citizen ignores a little boy who is barely holding onto life in the face of a known defect that contributed to and caused his devastating injuries? The 'New' GM."

He added, "If we need to file lawsuits in every individual case- that is what we will do to ensure that our clients get justice."

About Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a national injury firm representing GM recall victims in nearly every stated in the U.S. The firm is currently representing nearly 500 people who died, family members who lost loved ones, serious injury victims, and others harmed by the GM ignition switch recall. 

One of the largest personal injury firms in the United States, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has been representing injured victims nationwide for more than 25 years.  The firm specializes in wrongful deathon the job injurychild injurypharmaceutical litigationproduct liability, catastrophic injury, and company vehicle and 18-wheeler accident cases.

The firm was recently recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the Top 100 verdicts in the country in 2013 and by Texas Lawyer for having three of the top Texas verdicts for the year.  These cases involved work injuries and company vehicle accidents.  This comes on the heels of winning the number one back injury verdict in the country in 2012.

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