United States District Court, C.D. Illinois
MERIT REVIEW OPINION
MYERSCOUGH, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE.
proceeds pro se from his incarceration in Robinson
Correctional Center. His Complaint is before the Court for a
merit review pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. This section
requires the Court to identify cognizable claims stated by
the Complaint or dismiss claims that are not
cognizable. In reviewing the complaint, the Court
accepts the factual allegations as true, liberally construing
them in Plaintiff's favor and taking Plaintiff's pro
se status into account. Turley v. Rednour, 729 F.3d
645, 649 (7th Cir. 2013). However, conclusory
statements and labels are insufficient. Enough facts must be
provided to "'state a claim for relief that is
plausible on its face.'" Alexander v. U.S.,
721 F.3d 418, 422 (7thCir. 2013)(quoted cite
alleges that he arrived for his detention in the Henry County
Jail with prescription pain medicine (Gabapentin) for nerve
damage Plaintiff had suffered from burns and skin grafts.
Plaintiff received this medicine until the medicine ran out.
Plaintiff's requests to renew the medicine were refused,
and, instead of the Gabapentin, Plaintiff was prescribed
Tylenol twice a day, which did nothing to help the pain.
Plaintiff told the doctor that the pain was so severe that
Plaintiff could not even walk or move, and the doctor
responded that Plaintiff was not required to walk or move.
Additionally, Plaintiff never received blood tests to check
for infection as had been recommended by the hospital.
Plaintiff did receive blood tests after his transfer to the
Illinois Department of Corrections which showed highly
elevated liver counts.
states an arguable constitutional claim based on the denial
of his pain medicine and the failure to administer blood
tests to monitor Plaintiff's condition. However, the
“Henry County Jail” is not a suable entity.
Additionally, the “Doe” doctor and nurses cannot
be served until Plaintiff identifies them. At this point, the
case will be served on the only Defendant who can be served-
IS THEREFORE ORDERED:
Pursuant to its merit review of the Complaint under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915A, the Court finds that Plaintiff states an
arguable constitutional claim based on the denial of his pain
medicine and the failure to administer blood tests to monitor
Plaintiff's condition during Plaintiff's detention in
the Henry County Jail. 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.
case is now in the process of service. Plaintiff is advised
to wait until counsel has appeared for Defendants before
filing any motions, in order to give Defendants notice and an
opportunity to respond to those motions. Motions filed before
Defendants' counsel has filed an appearance will
generally be denied as premature. Plaintiff need not submit
any evidence to the Court at this time, unless otherwise
directed by the Court.
Court will attempt service on Defendants by mailing each
Defendant a waiver of service. Defendants have 60 days from
the date the waiver is sent to file an Answer. If Defendants
have not filed Answers or appeared through counsel within 90
days of the entry of this order, Plaintiff may file a motion
requesting the status of service. After Defendants have been
served, the Court will enter an order setting discovery and
dispositive motion deadlines.
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 effectuating service. Documentation of
forwarding addresses shall be retained only by the Clerk and
shall not be maintained in the public docket nor disclosed by
Defendants shall file an answer within 60 days of the date
the waiver is sent by the Clerk. 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. In
general, an answer sets forth Defendants' positions. The
Court does not rule on the merits of those positions unless
and until a motion is filed by Defendants. Therefore, no
response to the answer is necessary or will be considered.
District uses electronic filing, which means that, after
Defense counsel has filed an appearance, Defense counsel will
automatically receive electronic notice of any motion or
other paper filed by Plaintiff with the Clerk. Plaintiff does
not need to mail to Defense counsel copies of motions and
other papers that Plaintiff has filed with the Clerk.
However, this does not apply to discovery requests and
responses. Discovery requests and responses are not filed
with the Clerk. Plaintiff must mail his discovery requests
and responses directly to Defendants' counsel. Discovery
requests or responses sent to the Clerk will be returned
unfiled, unless they are attached to and the subject of a
motion to compel. Discovery does not begin until Defense
counsel has filed an appearance and the Court has entered a
scheduling order, which will explain the discovery process in
Counsel for Defendants is hereby granted leave to depose
Plaintiff at his place of confinement. Counsel for Defendants
shall arrange the time for the deposition.
Plaintiff shall immediately notify the Court, in writing, 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.
9) If a
Defendants 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 effect formal service through
the U.S. Marshal's service on that Defendant and will
require that Defendant to pay the ...