Beasley Allen’s $122 million verdict in the Jernigan v. General Motor’s case was listed as #6 in Lawyers Weekly USA Top Ten Verdicts of 2002.
On December 10, 1999, twelve-year old Jeffrey Jernigan was riding in the front seat of an Oldsmobile Delta 88 when it was involved in a collision with another vehicle. As a result of the 35-40 mph collision, Jeffrey Jernigan, who was properly seat belted, suffered severe and permanent brain injuries when the passenger compartment of the Oldsmobile Delta failed and collapsed in on him.
The Oldsmobile Delta was defective and dangerous because the passenger compartment unreasonably failed to protect Jeffrey Jernigan from harm. General Motors Corporation knew of numerous design defects and failed to warn the public of the hazards associated with the vehicle’s use. General Motor’s own testing confirmed the defects. General Motor’s conduct has left Jeffrey Jernigan permanently disabled and disfigured. Montgomery attorneys Jere Beasley and Greg Allen of the Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. law firm, along with Walter McGowan of Tuskegee and Lynn Jinks of Union Springs, represented the Jernigan family.
In compiling its annual list of the Top Ten Jury Verdicts, Lawyers Weekly USA monitors cases from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The list includes awards issued to individual plaintiffs, which is defined as a single person, family of group of individuals who were injured in a single incident and had their claims tried in one case before one jury.