United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division
Morgan Reid Hirst, Benjamin James Coleman, Jones Day, Chicago, IL, James Roland Griffin, Schain, Burney, Banks & Kenny, Ltd., Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff.
Kenneth Dawson Seale, Michael R. Slovis, Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine, Chicago, IL, for Defendant.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
ELAINE E. BUCKLO, District Judge.
On January 10, 2010, Glenn Verser, an inmate at Stateville Correctional Center (" Stateville" ), filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suit pro se against various Stateville staff, including its medical director, alleging inter alia that he was denied adequate medical
care as guaranteed under the Eighth Amendment. Subsequently, Plaintiff retained counsel and amended his complaint on four occasions. I previously dismissed all parties with the exception of Stateville's former medical director. Now before me is Defendant's motion for summary judgment on all claims asserted in the Fourth Amended Complaint, which I grant for the reasons that follow.
The following facts are undisputed. Plaintiff, an inmate formerly incarcerated at Stateville, has a history of health problems, including gastroenterological issues, hypertension and high blood pressure.
On December 13, 2007, March 14, 2008, and June 25, 2008, Plaintiff sought treatment from the Stateville medical staff for his gastroenterological issues. He was examined and prescribed antacids for his discomfort. Plaintiff reported that the antacids provided no relief for his abdominal pain.
After additional complaints of abdominal pain, Plaintiff saw Defendant for the first time on October 15, 2008. During that visit, Defendant examined Plaintiff and determined that he was suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and prescribed Zantac.
In a follow-up appointment on November 3, 2008, Defendant again examined Plaintiff and prescribed a liquid antacid in addition to the medication that Plaintiff was already receiving. Also that time, Defendant referred Plaintiff to UIC for a gastrointestinal (" GI" ) consult. On December 17, 2008, Dr. Rana Abraham at UIC examined Plaintiff and recommended that Plaintiff undergo a CT scan to examine his esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The CT scan, performed on Plaintiff on January 20, 2009, indicated that Plaintiff likely suffered from constipation. The record further indicates that Plaintiff did not have a history of constipation.
Plaintiff underwent additional tests, including an edoscopy, which was performed on February 19, 2009. Defendant examined Plaintiff again on February 23, 2009, and noted that the edoscopic report indicated that Plaintiff's esophagus and duodenal bulb were " normal." Dr. Abraham at UIC examined Plaintiff for a follow-up appointment again on March 4, 2009, and diagnosed Plaintiff with persistent abdominal pain that was likely " functional." She recommended a colonoscopy and the drug Cyproheptadine for Plaintiff's discomfort. Defendant ordered the colonoscopy for Plaintiff, but opted not to prescribe the Cyproheptadine.
During Plaintiff's colonoscopy at UIC on April 8, 2009, the doctors found and surgically removed a 10 mm polyp. After the procedure, Plaintiff was returned to the Stateville infirmary at 11:00 P.M. for observation. At approximately 9:00 A.M. the following morning, Defendant evaluated Plaintiff and noted that he was not bleeding and that his chart indicated that he has no " signs of acute distress." After the evaluation, Defendant discharged Plaintiff from the infirmary.
Once returned to his cell, Plaintiff subsequently began to experience pain and rectal bleeding. He requested help from the guards, and a Stateville sergeant ordered that Plaintiff be escorted from his cell to the " bullpen" area where he awaited medical treatment. While in the bullpen area, Plaintiff lost consciousness and was eventually found by a medical technician sitting on the floor in a pool of his own blood. The medical technician took Plaintiff by wheelchair to the Health Care Unit where Stateville staff and ...