IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
May 22, 2012
TONY SHOEMAKER, PLAINTIFF,
DR. KRIEG, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Wilkerson, Magistrate Judge:
Now pending before the Court is a Motion for Discovery filed by Plaintiff Tony Shoemaker (Doc. 22). The motion is DENIED.
Shoemaker asks the Court to order Defendant Dr. Krieg to produce all medical records relating to Shoemaker's injury that is the basis of this lawsuit. Plaintiff Shoemaker is in a better position to obtain those records than Defendant. Plaintiff may request copies of all of his medical records from the healthcare unit at Menard Correctional Center or from his counselor. For Defendant to obtain copies of Shoemaker's medical records, Defendant would have to seek a protective order from the Court pursuant to HIPAA.
Defendant has not sought a protective order, which indicates to the Court that Defendant may not be in possession of Plaintiff's medical records. If Defendant does not possess the records, Defendant cannot produce them in discovery. Plaintiff is therefore ADVISED to seek the records on his own through the channels provided by his institution.
Shoemaker also seeks information regarding the Motion to Appoint Counsel that he filed on November 10, 2011. The Court denied that motion without prejudice on January 27, 2012 (Doc. 15). The Clerk is DIRECTED to send a copy of that order to the Plaintiff at the address listed in the Court's docketing system.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DONALD G. WILKERSON United States Magistrate Judge
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