Corn v. Jones et al

Filing 42

ORDER REJECTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS 40 as to 30 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by James Seale ; Motion granted, Dr. James Seale terminated as defendant. Signed by Honorable Harry F. Barnes on September 30, 2010. (cnn)

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Corn v. Jones et al Doc. 42 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS EL DORADO DIVISION PETE WILLIAM CORN PLAINTIFF VS. CASE NO. 09-CV-1015 KEN JONES, Union County Sheriff; CAPT. JOHN WILLIAMS, Union County Criminal Justice Facility; LT. BASS; DEPUTY GERRY AVERY; DR. SEAL; and NURSE KELLY PEPPER DEFENDANTS ORDER Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed on August 26, 2010 by the Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. (Doc. No. 40). In his report, Judge Bryant found, inter alia, that there were genuine issues of fact whether Defendant Dr. James Seale was deliberately indifferent to Plaintiff Pete Corn's medical needs. Judge Bryant recommended that Dr. Seale's pending Motion for Summary Judgment be denied. Dr. Seale has filed objections to the magistrate's finding and recommendation. In order to state a claim for deliberate indifference to one's serious medical needs, a Plaintiff must demonstrate that he suffered from an objectively serious medical need and that the prison official actually knew of that medical need but deliberately disregarded it. Jolly v. Knudsen, 205 F.3d 1094, 1096 (8th Cir. 2000) (quoting Dulany v. Carnahan, 132 F.3d 1234, 1239 (8th Cir. 1997)). "For a claim of deliberate indifference, the prisoner must show more than negligence, more even than gross negligence, and mere disagreement with treatment decisions does not rise to the level of a constitutional violation." Popoalii v Correctional Medical Services, 512 F.3d 488, 498 (8th Cir. 2008). In this case, Plaintiff alleges that he suffered from schizoaffective bipolar disorder and Dr. Seale did nothing to treat this condition. However, the evidence indicates that upon obtaining this information, Dr. Seale requested Plaintiff's medical records from his prior mental health provider. After receiving these records, Dr. Seale determined that although Plaintiff had been on psychiatric medication in the past he was doing well without the medication. As a result of this determination, Dr. Seale did not place Plaintiff back on psychiatric medication. Although, Plaintiff may not agree with Dr. Seale's treatment decision, his conduct does not rise to the level of deliberate indifference. Plaintiff also claims that he informed Dr. Seale that he had Rheumatoid Arthritis and back problems and he did nothing to treat the conditions. However, the evidence shows that Dr. Seale prescribed Plaintiff both Chlorzoxazone and Prednosone for these conditions. Again, Plaintiff may not agree with Dr. Seale's treatment decisions, but his conduct does not rise to the level of deliberate indifference. In reviewing this matter de novo, the Court finds that Dr. Seale's conduct in treating Plaintiff Pete Corn does not rise to the level of deliberate indifference. Therefore, the Court rejects the magistrate's finding and recommendation as to Dr. Seale. Accordingly, Defendant Dr. James Seale's Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. No. 30) should be and hereby is granted. Plaintiff's claims against Dr. Seale are hereby dismissed. IT IS SO ORDERED, this 30th day of September, 2010. /s/Harry F. Barnes Hon. Harry F. Barnes United States District Judge

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