A Granite City man has sued the agents, companies and owner of a home he was viewing for potential purchase, alleging injuries due to a damaged porch.

Timothy Coulson filed a lawsuit March 2 in Madison County Circuit Court against Prudential agent Leroy Taylor, Prudential One Realty, Prudential One Realty Centre Edwardsville, the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, RE/MAX Riverbend Realty, RE/MAX Holdings Inc., Mary Wofford and RE/MAX agent Paula Anderson, alleging premises liability.

According to the complaint, Wofford owned a home at 2215 Dewey St., Granite City when Taylor and Prudential listed the property, and Coulson entered into an agreement with Anderson to find and help him buy a home.

On March 27, 2013, the suit states, all of the defendants controlled the property on Dewey Street, and "had a duty to inspect the premises" to "ensure ... said property was safe for listing and showing." On that date, the suit says, Anderson showed the property to Coulson, and the back porch was in a state of disrepair with damaged flooring, as well as loose lattice and railings.

As a result of carelessness and negligence on the part of the defendants, the suit states, Coulson "tried to use the railing on [the] back porch, which then broke due to no fault" of the plaintiff. According to the suit, the breaking caused Coulson to fall and he was injured, specifically, "bodily injuries to his hands and knees, and other areas of the body." He also underwent knee surgery, endured pain, suffering and loss of normality, and became liable to pay medical expenses, the suit states.

Coulson seeks damages of $800,000, $50,000 from each defendant, plus costs. He is represented by attorney John C. Webster of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 15-L-260.

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