In what the prevailing lawyer said is a sign that nonmetro venues are becoming more amenable to high-dollar verdicts that would have been rare in the not-so-distant past, a Douglas County jury awarded $700,000 to an elderly man and his wife for a shoulder injury the man suffered when he slipped in a puddle of water at a Kroger store.

“We think Kroger was relying on the fact that this is Douglas County,” said Atlanta solo Michael Baskin, noting that the defense never offered more than “some nuisance money” to settle the case.

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