A man has filed suit against a Belleville business, allegeing he sustained a fractured left ankle in the company's rut-filled parking lot.

Edward Heider claims he was visiting defendant Porco, doing business as Weyhaupt Brothers, when a Weyhaupt Brothers employee asked him to evaluate the condition of a vehicle in the parking lot on March 9, 2008.

According to the complaint filed Feb. 22 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, after inspecting the vehicle, Heider moved away from it, but stepped into a hole in the parking lot. That caused him to fall and to fracture his left ankle, the suit states.

In addition to his fractured left ankle, Heider was hindered from attending to his usual affairs, lost the value of his time and incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

He blames Weyhaupt for causing his fall, saying the company failed to provide a safe place, failed to provide a safe means of ingress and egress to and from vehicles, allowed the parking lot to become in an unsafe and rut-filled condition and failed to fix the parking lot. In addition, Weyhaupt failed to inspect the premises and failed to warn of the parking lot's dangerous condition, according to the complaint.

Heider is seeking a judgment of more than $75,000, plus costs.

He will be represented by Jeffrey S. Hammel of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-81.

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