Recent Georgia GM Wrongful Death Case Refiling An Interesting One
As many of you no doubt have heard about on television, the family of the Georgia women killed in a GM vehicle due to a faulty ignition switch has decided to attempt to rescind the settlement reached in the case. The basis for the request centers on false testimony given by a witness in that case that he did not know of the faulty switch issue before the accident. The family’s personal injury lawyer is credited with uncovering the faulty switch issue during this case which has ultimately lead to the discovery of the cover-up of the problem by GM. It has since turned out that GM knew about the faulty switch for some time before the deadly crash and choose not to do anything about it, much less warn the public that their vehicles contain a deadly defect.
The family is hoping that the recently uncovered facts about GM’s knowledge about the faulty switch issue will allow them to reopen their case since that information was wrongfully withheld by GM during the litigation of their case. As the family’s lawyer and many experts have discussed, rescinding a settlement in a personal injury case is unheard of in this State. That however does not mean it cannot happen. This case will be a test case for similar claims in the future.
What I find most encouraging about this case and the story of how the plaintiff’s lawyer uncovered this huge defect and cover-up a, is the boost it provides to the plaintiff’s practice. This type of case is why each and every one of us gets into the practice of representing plaintiffs. It is to hold individuals and companies accountable for improper behavior that needlessly injuries another. The GM case is a perfect example of that fight. If it weren’t for this plaintiff’s lawyer’s determination, the defect in millions of GM vehicles would have gone unfixed. GM certainly was not going to voluntarily recall these vehicles to help protect the public. It took one plaintiff’s lawyer to help millions stay safe. This is what personal injury law is all about. Helping people who truly need help and hopefully making a difference in people’s lives along the way.