UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD DIVISION
November 29, 2012
LAFAYETTE ENGLISH, PLAINTIFF,
SUPERVISOR STACI AND DR. OBAISI, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sue E. Myerscough, U.S. District Judge:
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Thursday, 29 November, 2012 11:04:01 AM
Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se and incarcerated in Sheridan Correctional Center, pursues claims arising from injuries he received during his incarceration in Logan Correctional Center. The case is before the Court for a merit review pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
Upon review of Plaintiff's allegations, the Court concludes that Plaintiff states an Eighth Amendment claim against Supervisor Staci for deliberate indifference to Plaintiff's safety. Staci allegedly drove Plaintiff around in a utility vehicle in a reckless manner, causing Plaintiff to be thrown from the vehicle and sustain allegedly serious injuries. Negligence does not violate the Constitution, but that determination requires a developed factual record.
Plaintiff also potentially states a claim against Dr. Obaisi for deliberate indifference to Plaintiff's injuries after the accident, although the attachments to the Complaint show that Plaintiff was immediately taken to the hospital for diagnostic tests, which showed no injuries. Plaintiff alleges that he had other serious medical problems which he apparently believes were caused by the accident and not treated by Dr. Obaisi.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED:
1) The merit review scheduled for December 3, 2012 is cancelled. The clerk is directed to notify Plaintiff's prison of the cancellation.
2) Pursuant to its merit review of the Complaint under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, the Court finds that Plaintiff states an Eight Amendment claim against Supervisor Staci for deliberate indifference to Plaintiff's safety and an Eighth Amendment claim against Dr. Obaisi for deliberate indifference to Plaintiff's serious medical needs. This case proceeds solely on the claims identified in this paragraph. Any additional claims shall not be included in the case, except at the Court's discretion on motion by a party for good cause shown or pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15.
3) The Clerk is directed to send to each Defendant pursuant to this District's internal procedures: (1) a Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver of Service; (2) a Waiver of Service; (3) a copy of the Complaint; and, (4) this order.
4) If a Defendant fails to sign and return a Waiver of Service to the Clerk within 30 days after the Waiver is sent, the Court will take appropriate steps to serve that Defendant and will require that Defendant to pay the full costs of formal service pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d)(2).
5) With respect to a Defendant who no longer works at the address provided by Plaintiff, the entity for whom that Defendant worked while at that address shall provide to the Clerk said Defendant's current work address, or, if not known, said Defendant's forwarding address. This information shall be used only for serving said Defendant. Documentation of forwarding addresses shall be retained only by the Clerk and shall not be maintained in the public docket nor disclosed by the Clerk.
6) Defendants shall file an answer within the time prescribed by Local Rule. A motion to dismiss is not an answer. The answer should include all defenses appropriate under the Federal Rules. The answer and subsequent pleadings shall be to the issues and claims stated in this Opinion.
7) Plaintiff shall serve upon any Defendant who has been served but who is not represented by counsel a copy of every filing submitted by Plaintiff for consideration by the Court, and Plaintiff shall also file a certificate of service stating the date on which the copy was mailed. Any paper received by a District Judge or Magistrate Judge that has not been filed with the Clerk or that fails to include a required certificate of service will be struck by the Court.
8) Once counsel has appeared for a Defendant, Plaintiff need not send copies of his filings to that Defendant or to that Defendant's counsel. Instead, the Clerk will file Plaintiff's document electronically and send a notice of electronic filing to defense counsel. The notice of electronic filing shall constitute service on Defendants pursuant to Local Rule 5.3. If electronic service on Defendants is not available, Plaintiff will be notified and instructed accordingly.
9) This cause is set for further scheduling procedures under Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 on January 28, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. by telephone conference (or as soon as the Court can reach the case) before U. S. District Judge Sue
E. Myerscough by telephone conference. The conference will be cancelled if service has been accomplished and no pending issues need discussion. Accordingly, no writ will issue for Plaintiff's presence unless directed by the Court.
10) Counsel for Defendants is hereby granted leave to depose Plaintiff at his place of confinement. Counsel for Defendants shall arrange the time for the depositions.
11) Plaintiff shall immediately notify the Court of any change in his mailing address and telephone number. Plaintiff's failure to notify the Court of a change in mailing address or phone number will result in dismissal of this lawsuit, with prejudice.
FOR THE COURT:
SUE E. MYERSCOUGH UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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