Pedro Ponce Dominguez v. Dr. Lang

Filing 920061108

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[DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT U.S. COURT OF APPEALS ________________________ ELEVENTH CIRCUIT No. 05-15085 Non-Argument Calendar ________________________ NOVEMBER 8, 2006 THOMAS K. KAHN CLERK FILED D. C. Docket No. 01-00457-CV-FTM-16-DNF PEDRO PONCE DOMINGUEZ, Plaintiff-Appellant, versus DR. LANG, ROBERT BRIGGS, Senior Physician, WARREN CORNELL, Superintendent, JAMES MCDONOUGH, Secretary, Department of Corrections, MICHAEL SCHMIDT, et al., Defendants-Appellees. ________________________ Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida _________________________ (November 8, 2006) Before TJOFLAT, ANDERSON and BARKETT, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: Pedro Ponce Dominguez, a Florida prison inmate proceeding pro se, appeals the grant of summary judgment to all defendants in this civil rights action, brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. Dominguez essentially reasserts his original claims that state prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs in failing to provide him with a liquid diet, failing to issue him passes for a singleman cell and a low bunk, and failing to provide him treatment for wires that he alleges were placed in his body in an illegal surgical procedure. "[D]eliberate indifference to a prisoner's serious illness or injury states a cause of action under 1983." Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 105, 97 S.Ct. 285, 291, 50 L.Ed.2d 251 (1976). To succeed on a claim of deliberate indifference to a serious medical need, "a plaintiff must set forth evidence of an objectively serious medical need" and "prove that the prison official acted with an attitude of `deliberate indifference' to that serious medical need." Farrow v. West, 320 F.3d 1235, 1243 (11th Cir. 2003) (internal citations omitted). "[A] serious medical need is considered one that has been diagnosed by a physician as mandating treatment or one that is so obvious that even a lay person would easily recognize the necessity for a doctor's attention." Id. (citation and internal quotation omitted). 2 "[D]eliberate indifference has three components: (1) subjective knowledge of a risk of serious harm; (2) disregard of that risk; (3) by conduct that is more than mere negligence." Id. at 1245 (internal quotations and citations omitted). "`[S]upervisory officials are not liable under 1983 for the unconstitutional acts of their subordinates on the basis of respondeat superior or vicarious liability.'" Cottone v. Jenne, 326 F.3d 1352, 1360 (11th Cir. 2003) (quoting Hartley v. Parnell, 193 F.3d 1263, 1269 (11th Cir. 1999)). Rather, such liability attaches under 1983 only "when the supervisor personally participates in the alleged unconstitutional conduct or when there is a causal connection between the actions of a supervising official and the alleged constitutional deprivation." Hartley, 193 F.3d at 1269 (internal quotations and citations omitted). Because Dominguez presented no competent evidence to substantiate his claim that the defendant prison officials had been deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, the district court was duty bound to grant these officials summary judgment. AFFIRMED. 3

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