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Family Passes on GM’s Compensation Fund, Sticks with Lawsuit

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photo from the crash courtesy of the Albemarle County Police Department. photo from the crash courtesy of the Albemarle County Police Department.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

On the heels of yet another recall, General Motors announced Monday it is offering up to several million dollars for families of people killed.

GM attributes 13 deaths to the defective ignition switches. One of those affected was 20-year-old Ben Hair from Albemarle County, who died in a GM crash in 2009. Hair was just miles from his home when he lost control of his Pontiac G5 and crashed into a tree.

The compensation fund is now set up to help the families of those who were killed or injured because of the faulty ignition switches. The Hair family's attorney says, however, they won't be using the fund and plan to move forward with the federal suit filed against GM back in May. Their attorney, Jonathan Michael, says many other families will be seeking compensation through the fund, but he suspects it may not be the outcome they are looking for.

"I expect many of the claims are going to be rejected or refused for lack of proof,” Michael said. “After all it's General Motors that's going to be paying out money. They're going to make every effort to save on every nickel and to not pay out anything they don't have to.”

The families impacted can file claims from August 1 through December 31.

The Hair family will have a status hearing on August 11. They hope to set a trial date at that time.

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