EDWARDSVILLE – A letter carrier is suing a Collinsville couple, alleging negligence after he says he was injured in an attack by the defendants' dogs.
Cortez Douglas filed the lawsuit Feb. 16 in Madison County Circuit Court against Jessica Carlyle and Jarrid Carlyle, alleging negligence and violation of the Animal Control Act.
According to the complaint, on Aug. 12, 2014, Douglas was delivering mail to 524 Mill St. in Collinsville, where the Carlyles live with their dogs. While the plaintiff was doing his job, the suit says, the dogs attempted to attack him, and Douglas tried to get away.
As a result, the plaintiff allegedly fell from a wall on the defendants' property and was injured. The suit says Douglas' injuries include sprains, cuts and bruises to his head, left hip, left leg, left shoulder and back, which have caused him pain and anguish.
The plaintiff says he continues to seek medical care and take various medications as a result of the injuries. He claims he also has been prevented from earning money and participating in many of his usual daily activities.
Douglas seeks at least $50,000, plus court costs, from each defendant. He is represented by attorney Richard G. Reed of Reed and Bruhn PC in Belleville.
Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-211