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Documentation Required to Submit GM Settlement Fund Claims

Tina Robinson2 years ago

After months of waiting, compensation specialist attorney Ken Feinberg along with General Motors announced the details of the GM settlement fund at the end of June. The GM fund was designed to provide an alternative to litigation for the countless victims who suffered injuries as well as family members who lost a loved on in crashes involving any of the 2.6 million older compact cars with defective ignition switches.

Those wishing to submit a claim to the GM victim fund will need to provide certain documentation with their claim. The following is an overview of what that documentation will entail based off information on the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution website.

Documentation for All Claims

According to the GM fund guidelines, the following information will be required for all claims submitted:

  • If available, an official police report, including any attachments, photos, or supplemental reports.
  • If available, vehicle computer data from the vehicle’s Event Data Recorder (EDR) and the Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM).
  • Information confirming that vehicle involved was an Eligible vehicle, preferably the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
  • Any other corroborating documentation “deemed relevant by the Facility.”

Documentation for Death Claims

In addition to the above mentioned documentation, claims submitted for individual deaths will need to the following:

  • An official death certificate.
  • Documentation and proof requirements for past and future loss of income and earnings for electing both Track A and B resolution methods. Track B claims will also require non-economic loss documentation.
  • Any other pertinent financial information, and information and documentation regarding the decedent’s Legal Representative.
Documentation for Catastrophic Injury Claims

The GM fund considers catastrophic injuries (e.g. quadriplegic, paraplegic, double amputation, brain damage, and pervasive burn injuries) to be “Category One” injury claims. These claims will require the following documentation:

  • Pertinent medical records describing the nature of the serious physical injury and documentation of hospitalization within 48 hours of the accident. This includes information including any total or partial disability.
  • Documentation and proof requirements for past and future loss of income and earning for both Track A and Track B resolution methods. Track B claims will also require non-economic loss documentation.
  • Any other pertinent financial information, and information and documentation regarding the decedent’s Legal Representative.
  • A proposed long term life-care plan, if appropriate.
Documentation for Other Injury Claims

All other injuries which required hospitalization within 48 hours will require the following documentation:

  • A hospital record that confirms the following:
    • The date of hospitalization within 48 hours of the accident.
    • The date of hospital discharge.
    • The nature of the injury as well as proof that the injury was sustained as a result of the automobile accident.
  • Other outpatient medical treatment records that confirm the following:
    • The date of the outpatient medical treatment within 48 hours of the accident.
    • The nature of the injury and medical treatment.
    • Proof that the injury was sustained in the automobile accident.
  • For claims with outpatient medical treatment, a description of the extraordinary circumstances that resulted in outpatient treatment rather than hospitalization.
Thomas J. Henry Represents GM Recall Victims

Thomas J. Henry is representing more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States and has been investigating injuries and deaths linked to the recall since day one. The firm launched a nationwide media investigation into the recall in April, which brought forth thousands of affected individuals who had information critical to the investigation – information that the firm has handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response the recall. As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry for representation, the firm has continued to push GM for a victim settlement fund. The firm has had several talks with GM’s victim compensation expert Ken Feinberg regarding appropriate victim compensation for the thousands affected by a fatal design flaw in ignition switches which left numerous dead and countless others seriously injured. 

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