Grant v. Correctional Medical Services Inc
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS 44 granting 39 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by Correctional Medical Services Inc; denying 48 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Abraham Grant, Sr.; denying as moot Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis 51 ; denying Grant's motions to amend 47 50 . Grant's complaint is dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 11/9/11. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
ABRAHAM GRANT, SR.
CORIZON, INC., f/k/a CORRECTIONAL
MEDICAL SERVICES, INC.
The Court has reviewed Magistrate Judge H. David Young's Proposed
Findings and Recommendations.
Document No. 44.
Grant timely filed
objections. Document No. 49. Having conducted a de novo review of the
matter, FED. R. Crv. P. 72(b)(3), the Court adopts Judge Young's proposal as
its own, with the following clarifications and a note on pending motions.
Grant's objection echoed his earlier motion, Documen t No. 43, about the
timeliness of Corizon's motion for judgment on the pleadings. Grant points
to a scheduling order setting an evidentiary hearing on 3 October 2011, and
stating [a]ll dispositive motions must be filed with the Court no later than 45
days prior to the hearing date. Any motions submitted after this deadline
may be denied solely on the basis of having been filed late." Document No.
23-1. Grant therefore seeks to strike Corizon's motion because it was filed on
19 September 2011. But he overlooks two important factors: (1) the word may
in the quoted language from the scheduling order, and (2) the fact that
Corizon also filed a motion on Septelnber 19th to continue the hearing, which
Judge Young granted, Document No. 41. This Court therefore finds Grant's
Turning to the merits, Judge Young's analysis is spot-on. Grant has
made no allegation that a Corizon custom or policy led to the alleged delay
of receipt of his blood-pressure medication. Without this proof, Corizon may
not be held liable under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Sanders v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 984
F.2d 972, 975-76 (8th Cir. 1993). The Court therefore grants Corizon's motion
for judgment on the pleadings, Document No. 39, and dismisses Grant's claims
After Judge Young filed his recommendation, Grant twice moved to
amend his complaint to add Donna Gordon, a health services administrator
at the prison, as a defendant. Because this amendment would be futile, the
Court need not allow it. Roberson v. Hayti Police Department, 241 F.3d 992, 995
(8th Cir. 2001); McCullough v. University ofArkansas for Medical Sciences, 559
F.3d 855, 860 n.2 (8th Cir. 2009).
A prison official violates the Eighth
Amendment only when the alleged deprivation is (objectively) "sufficiently
serious," and when the official is (subjectively) deliberately indifferent to the
prisoner's health or safety. Beyerbach v. Sears, 49 F.3d 1324, 1326 (8th Cir.
1995), abrogated on other grounds by Reece v. Groose, 60 F.3d 487 (8th Cir. 1995).
Grant has not met this constitutional standard. Notwithstanding higher
blood pressure and headaches, the Court holds that Grant's situation was not
sufficiently serious to justify relief. As the Beyerbach court instructed, when
"delay in treatment is the constitutional deprivation, the objective seriousness
... should also be measured by reference to the effect of delay in treatment."
49 F.3d at 1326 (quotation omitted and emphasis original). Grant has not
pleaded that medical evidence verifies a serious detrimental effect from the
delay. Reece, 60 F.3d at 491-92. Nor has Grant sufficiently alleged deliberate
indifference on Gordon's part, especially given that Gordon found Grant's
original grievance meritorious, though resolved by his delayed receipt of
medication. Document No.2, at 7. And because Grant's motion for summary
judgment, Document No. 48, similarly fails to offer proof on these two
elements, that motion is also denied.
Corizon's motion for judgment on the pleadings, Document No. 39, is
granted. Grant's motions to amend, Document Nos. 47 & 50, are denied; his
motion for summary judgment, Document No. 48, is denied; and his motion to
proceed in forma pauperis, Document No. 51, is denied as moot. Grant's
complaint is dismissed with prejudice.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
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