United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
J. ROSENSTENGEL CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE.
Santoin Russell, an inmate of the Illinois Department of
Corrections currently incarcerated at Stateville Correctional
Center, brings this action for alleged deprivations of his
constitutional rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Plaintiff asserts claims under the Eighth Amendment related
to medical care while he was incarcerated at Lawrence
Correctional Center. (Doc. 1). He seeks monetary damages.
case is now before the Court for preliminary review of the
Complaint under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, which requires the
Court to screen prisoner Complaints to filter out
nonmeritorious claims. 28 U.S.C. § l9l5A(a). Any portion
of the Complaint that is legally frivolous, malicious, fails
to state a claim for relief, or requests money damages from
an immune defendant must be dismissed. 28 U.S.C. §
makes the following allegations in his Complaint: On
September 6, 2017, Plaintiff was stabbed above his left eye
while incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center. (Doc. 1, p.
received stitches to close the wound but was not given any
medication. He was transferred to Lawrence the next day. He
complained about pain to nurses-and in a grievance-and
received pain medication two days later. After taking all of
the pain medication, he complained again about pain,
swelling, and blurred vision in his left eye to nurses and in
was seen by a doctor on October 15, 2017. The doctor
attributed his issues to allergies, but Plaintiff told him he
had not experienced these issues in the past with allergies.
(Id. at 7). The doctor prescribed a nasal spray, but
it did not relieve the pain, swelling, or blurred vision.
March 17, 2018, Plaintiff was seen by a nurse who refused to
treat his pain and suffering. On April 7, 2018, a nurse gave
Plaintiff ibuprofen. Plaintiff had a doctor's visit that
was cancelled on April 9, 2018. (Id. at 8). He went
on a hunger strike on April 20, 2018, seeking treatment for
his blurred vision, swelling, pain, and suffering. He
suffered for eight months without proper medical care. He
wrote Warden Brookhart regarding his condition to no avail.
on the allegations in the Complaint, the Court finds it
convenient to divide the action into the following Counts:
Count 1: Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference to
serious medical needs claim against Dr.
Ahmed and Wexford for denying Plaintiff adequate and timely
Count 2: Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference to
serious medical needs claim against Warden
Brookhart for refusing to address letters regarding
Plaintiffs medical condition.
parties and the Court will use these designations in all
future pleadings and orders, unless otherwise directed by a
judicial officer of this Court. The designations do not
constitute an opinion regarding their merit. Any other
intended claim that has not been recognized by the Court is
considered dismissed without prejudice as inadequately
pleaded under the Twombly pleading