United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER REAGAN
MICHAEL J. REAGAN Chief Judge United States District Court:
Robert Ingersoll, an inmate who is currently incarcerated at
Robinson Correctional Center (“Robinson”), brings
this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983
against Doctor Shah and Wexford Medical (Doc. 1). Plaintiff
allegedly suffers from rheumatoid arthritis (Doc. 1, pp. 5,
7-11). In his complaint, Plaintiff claims that these
defendants have denied him adequate medical care for this
condition at Robinson. As a result, he has endured years of
persistent and debilitating pain (id.). In
connection with this claim, Plaintiff now seeks monetary
damages against both defendants (id. at 6).
Review Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A
case is before the Court for a preliminary review of the
complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Under §
1915A, the Court is required to promptly screen prisoner
complaints to filter out nonmeritorious claims. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915A(a). The Court is required to dismiss any portion
of the complaint that is legally frivolous, malicious, fails
to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or asks
for money damages from a defendant who by law is immune from
such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). The complaint
survives preliminary review under this standard.
to the complaint and corresponding exhibits, Plaintiff
suffers from rheumatoid arthritis (Doc. 1, pp. 5-11). The
condition causes inflammation and pain in Plaintiff's
joints. Until he transferred to Robinson in October 2013,
Plaintiff was under the care of Doctor Lockhart,
treated his condition with cortisone injections and pain
relievers. Doctor Lockhart initially prescribed Plaintiff 800
milligrams of ibuprofen. However, he reduced this dose to 600
milligrams after the ibuprofen “made [Plaintiff's]
blood thin” (id. at 7). At some point in time,
the doctor replaced the ibuprofen with twelve Tylenol
pills per day (id.).
transferring to Robinson, Plaintiff was allegedly denied
adequate medical care for his condition (id. at 5,
8). Plaintiff told Doctor Shah that the Tylenol was not
effectively controlling his pain (id. at 7).
Further, the constant pain prevented him from participating
in daily activities and from sleeping at night. Plaintiff
requested some other form of treatment (id. at 8).
The doctor denied his request.
Shah refused to administer cortisone shots (id. at
5). When Plaintiff requested treatment at an outside
hospital, Doctor Shah denied his request (id.). For
several months in early 2016, the doctor also refused to
issue Plaintiff any Tylenol (id. at 9). When
Plaintiff complained, the doctor authorized a single
“blister pack” of thirty Tylenol. However, Doctor
Shah reduced the dose to 325 milligrams, even after Plaintiff
made it clear that the higher dose was ineffective
(id. at 7-9).
surprisingly, Plaintiff's pain persisted. In fact, the
pain in his back, hips, legs, and knees became so bad that
Plaintiff was unable to sit in the dayroom, go to the gym, or
exercise in the prison yard (id.). He also had
difficulty sleeping at night.
now sues Doctor Shah and Wexford Medical for denying him
adequate medical care for his rheumatoid arthritis and
associated pain (id. at 5, 7-11). In connection with
this claim, he seeks monetary damages to compensate him for
“months and years of pain [and] suffering”
(id. at 6).
facilitate the orderly management of future proceedings in
this case, and in accordance with the objectives of Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure 8(e) and 10(b), the Court deems it
appropriate to organize the claim in Plaintiff's pro
se complaint into a single count:
Count 1: Defendants responded to Plaintiff's
rheumatoid arthritis and associated pain
with deliberate indifference in violation of the Eighth
parties and the Court will use this designation in all future
pleadings and orders, unless otherwise directed by a judicial
officer of this Court. The designation of this ...