United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
PHIL GILBERT UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Eva Heisch, a detainee at Madison County Jail
(“Jail”), brings this action for miscellaneous
deprivations of her constitutional rights at the Jail
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Docs. 1 and 1-1). She
seeks declaratory judgment and money damages. (Doc. 1, p.
case is now before the Court for preliminary review of the
Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Under Section
1915A, the Court is required to screen prisoner complaints to
filter out non-meritorious claims. See 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915A(a). Any portion of a 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 must be
dismissed. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). At this juncture, the
factual allegations of the pro se complaint are to
be liberally construed. Rodriguez v. Plymouth Ambulance
Serv., 577 F.3d 816, 821 (7th Cir. 2009).
the Court screens the Complaint under Section 1915A, however,
it is first necessary to consider whether any claims are
improperly joined in the action and subject to severance.
George v. Smith, 507 F.3d 605, 607 (7th Cir. 2007).
The Court has identified 3 separate groups of unrelated
claims against different defendants. This action is subject
organizes her Complaint into 10 sets of claims, which she
supports with 99 pages of grievances and 195 pages of
exhibits. (Doc. 1, pp. 11-20; Doc. 1-1, pp. 1-195). Most
claims stem from inadequate medical care Plaintiff allegedly
received at the Jail from 2016-19. (Doc. 1, pp. 12-17;
19-20). She complains of untreated or improperly treated high
blood pressure, a prolapsed urethra, a vaginal mass, chest
pain, diabetes, and mental health conditions. In connection
with the denial of medical care, Plaintiff names the
Jail's doctors (Drs. Arendell, Aragona, and Lochard),
administrators (Sheriff John Lakin and Jail Administrator
Christopher Eales), and/or staff (Officer Jordan Griffin).
(Id.). Plaintiff also complains that Jail
Administrator Eales subjected her to excessive punishment or
harsh living conditions as retaliation for filing various
complaints. (Id. at pp. 17-19). She separately
complains that Officer Tucker failed to protect her from an
inmate attack or treat her resulting injuries in March 2019.
(Id. at pp. 17-18).
Court finds it convenient to divide the pro se
action into the following eleven (11)
largely consistent with Plaintiff's characterization of
these claims in the Complaint:
Count 1: Eales, Griffin, Arendell, and Lakin
denied Plaintiff necessary medical care for her high blood
pressure which caused her to suffer a minor stroke in
December 2018. (Doc. 1, p. 12).
Count 2: Arendell, Lochard, Aragona, and
Eales delayed diagnosis and treatment of Plaintiff's
vaginal mass and prolapsed urethra for eight months from
October 2018 until April 2019, resulting in unnecessary pain
and bleeding. (Id. at pp. 12-13).
Count 3: Lochard, Aragona, and Eales denied
Plaintiff adequate and timely medical treatment for chest
pain in April 2019, despite her previous diagnosis with
angina and mitral valve prolapse. (Id. at pp.
Count 4: Aragona denied Plaintiff adequate
medical treatment for diabetes following her diagnosis in
October 2018. (Id. at pp. 15-16).
Count 5: Arendell supervised staff who
denied Plaintiff treatment for a mass she initially reported
in September 2016. ...