United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
M. YANDLE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Christopher Scott, an inmate of the Illinois Department of
Corrections currently incarcerated at Western Illinois
Correctional Center (“Western”), brings this
action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for alleged
deprivations of his constitutional rights. Plaintiff asserts
a deliberate indifference claim under the Eighth Amendment
against Defendants regarding medical care while he was
incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center
(“Menard”). (Doc. 1). He seeks monetary damages
and injunctive relief.
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. § 1915A(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 the
Complaint: From June 2016 to January 2019, Plaintiff
suffered from recurring chest pain, fainting, fatigue,
shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, tingling in his
fingers and toes, and pain in his neck and shoulder. (Doc. 1,
pp. 4-37). During that time, he was incarcerated at Menard
and he was under the medical care of Dr. Siddiqui and a
number of nurses, including Nurse Jane Doe. (Id.).
saw Dr. Siddiqui on August 2, 2017 for chest pain and he was
sent to the Emergency Department at Chester Hospital.
(Id., p. 14). Dr. Siddiqui was aware of
Plaintiff's family history of heart disease and his
recurring chest pain. (Id.). After Plaintiff's
return from the hospital, Dr. Siddiqui recommended a full
cardiac evaluation. (Id., p. 15). Following
collegial review, Dr. Ritz denied the referral and ordered a
treadmill stress test. (Doc. 1, p. 15.; Doc. 1-1,
pp. 9, 16). Plaintiff saw Dr. Siddiqui again on August 8,
2017 for complaints of chest pain. (Doc. 1, p. 16). Plaintiff
had a stress test at an outside facility on September 8,
2017. (Doc. 1, p. 18). He took his beta blocker that day
because no one at Menard told him not to take it before the
test. (Doc. 1, p. 18; Doc. 1-1, pp. 23, 25).
September 22, 2017, Plaintiff passed out while working and
his supervisor called for medical assistance. (Doc. 1, p.
19). Nurse Jane Doe was dismissive and refused to provide
medical assistance. (Id.). She told Plaintiff that
she was tired of him coming to see her for chest pain and
passing out. (Id.).
November 21, 2017, Plaintiff had a follow-up appointment with
Dr. Siddiqui for his recurring chest pain. (Id.).
Dr. Siddiqui refused to provided Plaintiff with any medical
care or diagnostic tests. (Id.). Instead, he advised
Plaintiff to stop reading his hospital reports and told him
he needed a mental health evaluation for anxiety.
February 7, 2018, Plaintiff sent a letter to Dr. Siddiqui
regarding his hyperlipidemia and his recurring chest pain,
swelling of his hands and feet, and fast heartbeat.
(Id., p. 20). Plaintiff did not receive a response.
(Id.). Plaintiff went to the health care unit on
February 10, 2018 because his hands and feet were swollen.
(Id., p. 21). Plaintiff told Nurse Jane Doe that the
swelling occurs twice a day, wakes him from sleep, and causes
pain at a level of 10. (Id.). Nurse Jane Doe refused
to provide medical treatment. (Id.). She wrote in
his medical record that there was no obvious swelling of his
hands or feet, which was not true. (Id.).
April 27, 2018, Plaintiff had an appointment with Dr.
Siddiqui for his recurring chest pain. (Id., p. 23).
He requested diagnostic testing to determine the health of
his arteries, but Dr. Siddiqui told him the test was
expensive and would not be approved. (Id.).
Plaintiff was referred to another doctor for a second
saw Dr. Caldwell on July 29, 2018 for a second opinion.
(Id., p. 25). Dr. Caldwell noted that Plaintiff had
taken medication prior to his stress test that would have
affected the results of the stress test and recommended a
repeat stress test. (Id.). The request for a repeat
stress test was denied by Dr. Ritz in collegial review. (Doc.
1, p. 26; Doc. 1-1, pp. 51-52). Thereafter, Plaintiff
continued to experience chest pain, but no monitoring or
further testing was done. (Doc. 1, p. 33).
on the allegations of the Complaint, the Court finds it
convenient to designate the following single Count:
Count 1: Eighth Amendment claim against Defendants
for deliberate indifference from June 2016
to January 2019 relating to medical treatment of
Plaintiff's recurring chest pain, fainting, irregular
heartbeat, and swelling of his hands and feet.
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 does not constitute an
opinion regarding its merit. Any other claim that is
mentioned in the Complaint but not addressed inthis Order should be considered dismissed ...