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(WJBK) - As the investigation into GM's deadly recalls continues with a compensation fund set up for families affected, questions come of who qualifies and who doesn't.

"We will compensate the innocent victims of this tragedy," compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg said.

Feinberg testifying during the General Motors second Senate hearing Thursday along with GM CEO Mary Barra. Barra said she wants to recognize the families who lost loved ones, but attorney Dani Liblang in Birmingham who represents more than a dozen families affected by the recall says that answer isn't good enough.

"It really doesn't make sense to me and I would like a better answer than what I have heard so far," Liblang said.

Liblang says some families who have been seriously injured or who have lost loved ones still don't qualify for the victim compensation fund, although she says the same results occurred.

GM spokesperson Ryndee Carney reiterated the company's stance Thursday and said the families eligible are only a part of the original recall.

But as Barra and Feinberg testify that GM has no limits on what it would pay to families affected, Liblang's firm sent a letter to Feinberg asking him to expand the scope of the program and believes that GM really wants to make it right.

"They need to take the next step and that is to compensate the families that have been injured in the same way for the same reasons and suffered the same devastating loss," Liblang said.

Feinberg says for those families who do qualify, claims will be taken beginning August 1.
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