Quiroz v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, et al
FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS, signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck on 8/18/10: Recommending that Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment Be Granted In Part and Denied In Part; 1 Complaint filed by Carlos Quiroz, 26 MOTION for SUMMARY JUDGMENT filed by P. McGuinness, M.D., D. Adams, Shen, S.P. Wu, Aytigalla referred to Judge Wanger; Objections to F&R due by 9/8/2010. (Hellings, J)
(PC) Quiroz v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, et al
1 2 3 4 5 6 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 CARLOS QUIROZ, 9 10 v. Plaintiff, CASE NO. 1:06-CV-01426-OWW-DLB PC FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS RECOMMENDING DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT BE GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART (DOC. 26) OBJECTIONS DUE WITHIN TWENTYONE (21) DAYS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
11 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION, 12 et al., 13 14 15 16 I. 17 Background Defendants. /
Findings And Recommendations
Plaintiff Carlos Quiroz ("Plaintiff") is a prisoner in the custody of the California
18 Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"), proceeding pro se in this civil rights 19 action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action is proceeding against Defendants Mallika 20 Attygalla, Chyi Shen, Shu Pin Wu, Perlita McGuinness, and Derral G. Adams for deliberate 21 indifference to a serious medical need in violation of the Eighth Amendment. On November 19, 22 2009, Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. (Defs.' Mot. For Summ. J., Doc. 26.) 23 On December 28, 2009, after receiving an extension of time, Plaintiff filed his opposition. (Pl.'s 24 Opp'n to Defs.' Mot. For Summ. J., Doc. 29.) On December 29, 2009, Defendants filed their 25 reply. (Defs.' Reply, Doc. 28.) The matter is deemed submitted pursuant to Local Rule 230(l).1 26 /// 27 28
Plaintiff was provided with notice of the requirements for opposing a motion for summary judgment by th e Court's Order filed February 27, 2008. Klingele v. Eikenberry, 849 F.2d 409, 411-12 (9th Cir. 1988).
1 II. 2
Legal Standard Summary judgment is appropriate when it is demonstrated that there exists no genuine
3 issue as to any material fact, and that the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. 4 Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). Under summary judgment practice, the moving party 5 6 7 always bears the initial responsibility of informing the district court of the basis for its motion, and identifying those portions of "the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with the affidavits, if any," which it believes demonstrate the absence of a genuine issue of material fact.
8 Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986). "[W]here the nonmoving party will bear the 9 burden of proof at trial on a dispositive issue, a Summary Judgment Motion may properly be 10 made in reliance solely on the `pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions 11 on file.'" Id. Indeed, summary judgment should be entered, after adequate time for discovery 12 and upon motion, against a party who fails to make a showing sufficient to establish the existence 13 of an element essential to that party's case, and on which that party will bear the burden of proof 14 at trial. Id. at 322. "[A] complete failure of proof concerning an essential element of the 15 nonmoving party's case necessarily renders all other facts immaterial." Id. In such a 16 circumstance, summary judgment should be granted, "so long as whatever is before the district 17 court demonstrates that the standard for entry of summary judgment, as set forth in Rule 56(c), is 18 satisfied." Id. at 323. 19 If the moving party meets its initial responsibility, the burden then shifts to the opposing
20 party to establish that a genuine issue as to any material fact actually does exist. Matsushita Elec. 21 Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 586 (1986). 22 In attempting to establish the existence of this factual dispute, the opposing party may not
23 rely upon the denials of its pleadings, but is required to tender evidence of specific facts in the 24 form of affidavits, and/or admissible discovery material, in support of its contention that the 25 dispute exists. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e); Matsushita, 475 U.S. at 586 n.11. The opposing party must 26 demonstrate that the fact in contention is material, i.e., a fact that might affect the outcome of the 27 suit under the governing law, Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 248 (1986); T.W. 28 Elec. Serv., Inc. v. Pacific Elec. Contractors Ass'n, 809 F.2d 626, 630 (9th Cir. 1987), and that 2
1 the dispute is genuine, i.e., the evidence is such that a reasonable jury could return a verdict for 2 the nonmoving party, Wool v. Tandem Computers, Inc., 818 F.2d 1433, 1436 (9th Cir. 1987). 3 In the endeavor to establish the existence of a factual dispute, the opposing party need not
4 establish a material issue of fact conclusively in its favor. It is sufficient that "the claimed factual 5 dispute be shown to require a jury or judge to resolve the parties' differing versions of the truth at 6 trial." T.W. Elec. Serv., 809 F.2d at 631. Thus, the "purpose of summary judgment is to `pierce 7 the pleadings and to assess the proof in order to see whether there is a genuine need for trial.'" 8 Matsushita, 475 U.S. at 587 (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e) advisory committee's note on 1963 9 amendments). 10 In resolving the Motion for Summary Judgment, the Court examines the pleadings,
11 depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with the affidavits, if 12 any. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). The evidence of the opposing party is to be believed, Anderson, 477 13 U.S. at 255, and all reasonable inferences that may be drawn from the facts placed before the 14 court must be drawn in favor of the opposing party, Matsushita, 475 U.S. at 587 (citing United 15 States v. Diebold, Inc., 369 U.S. 654, 655 (1962) (per curiam)). Nevertheless, inferences are not 16 drawn out of the air, and it is the opposing party's obligation to produce a factual predicate from 17 which the inference may be drawn. Richards v. Nielsen Freight Lines, 602 F. Supp. 1224, 124418 45 (E. D. Cal. 1985), aff'd, 810 F.2d 898, 902 (9th Cir. 1987). 19 Finally, to demonstrate a genuine issue, the opposing party "must do more than simply
20 show that there is some metaphysical doubt as to the material facts. . . .Where the record taken as 21 a whole could not lead a rational trier of fact to find for the nonmoving party, there is no `genuine 22 issue for trial.'" Matsushita, 475 U.S. at 586-87 (citations omitted). 23 /// 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 3
1 III. 2 3
Statement of Facts2 A. Prior To Incarceration
Plaintiff was born with congenital3 glaucoma with secondary bupthalmos (large eye) and
4 megalo cornea (large cornea). (Defs.' Undisputed Fact ("DUF") 1.)4 Plaintiff's vision was poor 5 for many years, eventually requiring a corneal transplant in 1990. (DUF 2.) Plaintiff also 6 required a left trabeculectomy in 1988 to control his glaucoma. (DUF 3.) A trabeculectomy is a 7 surgical procedure to drain the eye in order to relieve pressure. (DUF 4.) Following the 8 procedure, Plaintiff's intraocular pressures were stable (between 6-12 mm). (DUF 5.) Plaintiff's 9 glaucoma has been managed on a variety of topical eye medications, including Alphagan, 10 Timoptic, and Xalatan. (DUF 6.) Plaintiff attests that he did not discover he had glaucoma until 11 he was 6 years old. (Pl.'s Decl. Opposing David Kaye ¶ 2) 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
All facts are considered undisputed, unless otherwise noted. Pursuant to Local Rule 260(b) and Federal R u le of Civil Procedure 56(e), all disputes with the movant's statement of facts must be supported with citation to e v id e n c e . See L. R. 260(b) (parties opposing Statement of Undisputed Facts shall deny those that are disputed, " in c lu d in g with each denial a citation to the particular portions of any pleading, affidavit, deposition, interrogatory a n s w e r , admission or other document relied upon in support of that denial") (emphasis added). As Plaintiff is a p r is o n e r proceeding pro se, the Court will consider Plaintiff's affidavits in dispute. However, the Court cannot treat D e fe n d a n ts ' facts as denied unless there is some evidence to support such a denial. The Court considered all of P la in tiff's denials and supporting evidence, even if not specifically mentioned herein. D e fe n d a n ts submitted declarations in support of their motion which were not attested under penalty of p e r j u r y . On July 19, 2010, the Court granted Defendants leave to submit amended declarations. Defendants s u b m itte d amended declarations on August 2, 2010. (Doc. 34.) On July 29, 2010, Plaintiff objected to the Court sua s p o n te granting Defendants leave to submit amended declarations. (Doc. 33.) The Court overrules Plaintiff's o b j e c tio n s . Plaintiff would have received the same opportunity to submit amended declarations if Plaintiff's d e c la r a tio n s were similarly deficient. Plaintiff contests Defendants' statements that his glaucoma and kidney issues are congenital, because they w e r e found after his birth. Plaintiff's argument is incorrect. It is entirely possible that a congenital disease is not d is c o v e r e d until a later date. Defendants rely on affidavits from two expert witnesses: medical doctor David B. Kaye, an expert in o p h th a lm o lo g y , and medical doctor J. Bradley Taylor, an expert in urology. (Defs.' Am. Decls., Ex. 1, David B. K a y e Decl.; Ex. 2, Bradley Taylor Decl.) Doctor Kaye's declaration is cited for Defendants' Undisputed Facts 1-9, 3 0 -5 3 , 55, 58, and 61-67. Doctor Taylor's declaration is cited for Defendants' Undisputed Facts 10-13 and 68-81. Both doctors appear competent to testify as experts, and have submitted curriculum vitae in support. Fed. R. Evid. 7 0 2 . Plaintiff raises no objection to treating doctors Kaye and Taylor as experts in the fields of ophthalmology and u r o lo g y, respectively. Plaintiff contends that the accident was in 1989. This is undermined by Plaintiff's Exhibit J submitted in s u p p o r t of his opposition. Exhibit J is a request for inmate appeal reconsideration to Grievance No. SATF-C-050 0 4 3 6 . The request is dated October 28, 2005. Plaintiff contends in that letter that he had left cornea replacement
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In 2001, Plaintiff damaged his left corneal transplant in a motorcycle accident. (DUF 7.)5
1 The degree of eye damaged following motorcycle accident is not clear, but Plaintiff's vision has 2 been in the region of 20/200 in both eyes. (DUF 8.) Doctor Kaye attests that Plaintiff was 3 treated by his own ophthalmologist, doctor Stainer, for right iritis (inflammation of the iris) with 4 Prednisdone eye drops for close to a year, with no evidence of secondary glaucoma. (DUF 9.) 5 Plaintiff attests that he never received Prednisdone from Dr. Stainer for treatment of iritis. (Pl.'s 6 Decl. Opposing David Kaye ¶ 3.) 7 Plaintiff has a condition known as medullary sponge kidney. (DUF 10.) This condition
8 results in multiple calcifications forming primarily in the parenchyma or body of the kidney 9 substance which sometimes work their way into the collection system of the kidney, passing into 10 the ureters and causing pain. (DUF 11.) Medullary sponge kidney is a congenital condition. 11 (DUF 12.) Nothing any medical providers did or did not do resulted in the formation of these 12 calculi. (DUF 13.) Plaintiff contends that prevention of future stones is important. (Pl.'s Opp'n, 13 Ex. E, Urology Letter by Dr. Roger Low, dated April 5, 2006.) 14 15 B. Wasco State Prison
Plaintiff was incarcerated at Wasco State Prison from November 14, 2003 to March 10,
16 2004. (DUF 27.) Defendant Shen is a medical doctor licensed by the State of California and in 17 good standing with the California Medical Board. (DUF 18.) Defendant Shen was employed by 18 the CDCR, and treated Plaintiff's medical issues at Wasco State Prison during the relevant time. 19 (DUF 19.) Defendant Shen contends that at no time did Defendant Shen prevent Plaintiff from 20 receiving medical treatment for his eye condition or kidney stones. (DUF 20.)6 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
s u r g e r y in 1990. He suffered damage to this cornea from a motorcycle accident 11 years later. Thus, Plaintiff c o n c e d e s that the motorcycle accident occurred in 2001. Defendants contend that Defendants Shen, Attygalla, W u , McGuinness, and Adams did not disregard an e x c e s s iv e risk to Plaintiff's health or safety. (Derral G. Adams Decl. ¶ 7; Mallika Attygalla Decl. ¶ 6; Chyi Shen D e c l. ¶ 6; Shu-Pin W u Decl. ¶ 7; Perlita McGuinness Decl. ¶ 8.) This is a legal conclusion. Defendants are not c o m p e te n t to testify to legal conclusions as statements of fact. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). Accordingly, those portions of th e affidavits are stricken. The Court will treat such statements as argument. Plaintiff lists the dates as "November 14, 2004, through March 10, 2005" which the Court presumes is e r r o r , as Plaintiff does not dispute that he was at W a s c o State Prison from November 14, 2003 to March 10, 2004, a n d Defendant Shen treated him at the time.
Plaintiff attests that from November 14, 2003 through March 10, 20047, Defendant Shen
1 delayed in providing Plaintiff with Alphagan and Xalatan, only providing Plaintiff with Timolol. 2 (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n of Def. Shen ¶¶ 3-4.) Plaintiff attests that he received no medical treatment 3 for any of his medical problems. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Shen ¶ 6.) Plaintiff attests that 4 Defendant Shen refused to send him to see a urology specialist. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n of Def. 5 Shen ¶¶ 8-9.) 6 Defendant Shen's medical treatment was appropriate and within the standard of
7 reasonable medical care. (DUF 58.) At no time did Defendant Shen refuse Plaintiff medical 8 treatment that Plaintiff needed. (DUF 59.) Plaintiff disputes DUFs 58 and 59 as stated above. 9 10 C. Lancaster State Prison
Plaintiff was incarcerated at Lancaster State Prison from March 10, 2004 to May 18,
11 2004. (DUF 28.) Defendant Attygalla, is a medical doctor licensed by the State of California 12 and in good standing with the California Medical Board. (DUF 18.) Defendant Attygalla was 13 employed by the CDCR, and was Plaintiff's doctor at Lancaster State Prison during the relevant 14 time. (DUF 19.) Defendant Attygalla contends that at no time did Defendant Attygalla prevent 15 Plaintiff from receiving medical treatment for his eye condition or kidney stones. (DUF 20.) 16 Plaintiff attests that Defendant Attygalla was aware that Plaintiff required a combination
17 of Alphagan, Timolol, and Xalatan for his glaucoma, but Defendant Attygalla refused to give 18 Plaintiff Xalatan and Timolol. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp. Of Def. Attygalla ¶ ¶ 3-5.) Plaintiff attests 19 that Defendant Attygalla refused to refer Plaintiff to an eye specialist and a kidney specialist, or 20 issue a bottom bunk-lower tier chrono, from March 10, 2004 to May 15, 2004. (Pl.'s Decl. In 21 Opp'n Of Def. Attygalla ¶ 8.) 22 On March 10, 2004, Plaintiff was examined by Defendant Attygalla at Lancaster State
23 Prison.8 (DUF 30.) At that time, Defendant Attygalla noted that Plaintiff developed a right eye 24 iritis and conjunctivitis.9 (DUF 31.) Defendant Attygalla attests that Plaintiff was continued on 25 26 27 28
Defendants originally listed this date as "March 4, 2004." This appears to be error, as Defendants and P la in tiff do not dispute that Plaintiff was transferred to Lancaster State Prison on March 10, 2004. Plaintiff contends that he never had iritis or conjunctivitis, and that the problem arose only when he was n o t given all three glaucoma medications. Plaintiff is not a medical professional and thus cannot testify as to medical d ia g n o s e s . Fed. R. Evid. 701, 702. Accordingly, Plaintiff fails to deny Defendants' statement of fact. It is unclear
1 his glaucoma medications, including Alphagan, Timoptic, and Travatan. (DUF 32.) 2 Continuation of medications is the appropriate medical treatment for Plaintiff's condition. (DUF 3 33.) Plaintiff attests that on March 11, 2004, Defendant Attygalla discontinued Alphagan and 4 Xalatan prescriptions. (Pl.'s Mem. P. &. A. ¶ 9.) Plaintiff attests that on March 24, Defendant 5 Attygalla stopped glaucoma medication and prescribed Prednilosone for an eye infection. (Pl.'s 6 Mem. P. & A. ¶ 10.) Plaintiff attests that twenty-seventy days later, Defendant Attygalla 7 prescribed Alphagan only. (Pl.'s Mem. P. & A. ¶ 12.) 8 On March 22, 2004, Plaintiff had right iritis and conjunctivitis and was still taking
9 PredForte (steroid), Mydriacil and Diamox. (DUF 34.) Plaintiff's right intraocular pressure was 10 22 mm. (DUF 35.) 11 According to Doctor Kaye, as of April 5, 2004, Plaintiff's glaucoma was controlled by
12 Alphagan, Timoptic and Travatan. (DUF 36.) Plaintiff attests that he never received all three 13 medications. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n David Kaye ¶ 4.) Plaintiff was taking PredForte drops for his 14 right eye. (DUF 37.) Plaintiff's eye pressure on April 22, 2004 was 14 mm in the right eye. 15 (DUF 38.) The intraocular pressure ranged between 14 and 22 mm for the month of April 2004, 16 during which time Plaintiff's eye was inflamed. (DUF 39.) Plaintiff's iritis was not caused by 17 any treatment or lack of treatment for glaucoma. (DUF 40.) The steroid medications did not 18 increase or decrease Plaintiff's eye pressure. (DUF 41.)10 19 Defendant Attygalla attest that Attygalla's medical treatment was appropriate and within
20 the standard of reasonable care for ophthalmology. (DUF 53.) At no time did Defendant 21 Attygalla refuse Plaintiff medical treatment that Plaintiff needed. (DUF 54.) 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
w h e th e r Plaintiff admits he developed iritis and conjunctivitis later while in prison. Plaintiff contends that the steroid medication was bad for Plaintiff's glaucoma, citing to a letter from d o c to r Schwab, an ophthalmologist who examined Plaintiff on August 21, 2008. (Pl.'s Opp'n, Ex. K.) According to d o c to r Schwab, Plaintiff may be a steroid responder, and doctor Schwab thus reduced the use of steroid eye drops. (Ex. K1.) Plaintiff cites to no other evidence to indicate that Plaintiff's eye pressure was increased or decreased by th e steroid medication. Thus, Plaintiff fails to deny Defendants' undisputed fact.
California Substance and Treatment Facility
Plaintiff has been at CSATF from May 18, 2004 - March 9, 2007; April 11, 2006- August
1 4, 2008; and August 16, 2008 to present. (DUF 29.) 2 Defendant Adams was the warden at California Substance Abuse and Treatment Facility
3 ("CSATF") from July 20, 2000 to January 10, 2006. (DUF 14.)11 Defendant Adams was not 4 involved in Plaintiff's medical care or treatment. (DUF 15.) At no time did Defendant Adams 5 prevent Plaintiff from receiving medical care or treatment. (DUF 16.) Plaintiff attests that 6 Defendant Adams had a duty to not house inmates with disabilities such as Plaintiff's in an open 7 dormitory. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Adams ¶ 3.) 8 Defendants Wu and McGuinness are medical doctors licensed by the State of California
9 and in good standing with the California Medical Board. (DUF 18.) Defendants Wu and 10 McGuiness were employed by the CDCR at CSATF during the relevant time. (DUF 19.) 11 Defendants attest that at no time did Defendants Wu or McGuiness prevent Plaintiff from 12 receiving medical treatment for his eye condition or kidney stones. (DUF 20.) 13 Plaintiff attests that on May 24, 2004 and June 14, 2004, Defendant Wu referred Plaintiff
14 to an eye specialist. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Wu ¶ 4.)12 Defendant Wu consistently refused to 15 comply with recommendations by Dr. Kazi. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Wu ¶ 14.) Plaintiff 16 complained to Defendant Wu that he was experiencing pain from his kidney conditions. (Pl.'s 17 Decl. In Opp'n Def. Wu ¶ 18.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant Wu only referred him to a 18 urologist, not a kidney specialist, and refused to issue a double mattress chrono to alleviate 19 Plaintiff's back pain. (¶ 19.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant McGuinness did not accept other 20 doctors' recommendations regarding a cornea transplant for Plaintiff. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. 21 McGuinness ¶¶ 5, 14.) 22 Defendant McGuinness began working at CSATF in June of 2005; her position was Chief
23 Medical Officer ("CMO"). (DUF 22.) Defendant McGuinness left CSATF in October 2006. 24 25 26 27 28
Contrary to Defendants' contention, Defendant Adams is sued in both his individual and official c a p a c itie s . (Compl. ¶ 12.) There appears to be conflict between Plaintiff's verified complaint and Plaintiff's declaration as to w h e th e r the referral to an eye specialist was routine or urgent. Exhibits submitted in support of Plaintiff's verified c o m p la in t indicate that Defendant W u submitted an urgent request. (Pl.'s Compl., Ex. D.) This conflict is ultimately im m a te r ia l here.
1 (DUF 23.) As CMO, Defendant McGuinness oversaw the clinicians in the medical department 2 and reviewed inmate appeals concerning medical complaints. (DUF 24.) Defendant 3 McGuinness attests that she was involved in Plaintiff's medical care at an administrative level 4 only. (DUF 25.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant McGuinness did speak with Plaintiff regarding 5 his condition. (Pl.'s Mem. P. & A. ¶ 39.) Defendant McGuinness reviewed some of Plaintiff's 6 inmate appeals regarding his eye condition and kidney stones. (DUF 26.) 7 On June 18, 2004, doctor Kazi, an ophthalmologist, recommended a trabeculectomy on
8 Plaintiff's right eye. (DUF 42.) Plaintiff continued on Alphagan, Timoptic, and Xalatan for his 9 glaucoma. (DUF 43.) As of September 10, 2004, Plaintiff's intraocular pressure was controlled. 10 (DUF 44.)13 11 On September 22, 2004, Plaintiff developed right iritis, which doctor Kaye attests had
12 been diagnosed prior to his incarceration. (DUF 45.) Plaintiff attests that Doctor Stainer, 13 Plaintiff's doctor prior to incarceration, never treated Plaintiff for iritis. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n 14 David Kaye ¶ 3.) Plaintiff was treated with PredForte, Mydiasol, and Diamox tablets and his 15 pressure was 22 in the right eye. (DUF 46.) Doctor Kaye attests that on September 23, 2004, 16 Plaintiff underwent a trabeculectomy. (DUF 47.) Plaintiff attests that he underwent a 17 trabeculectomy on September 29, 2004. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n David Kaye ¶ 8.) Following the 18 trabeculectomy, doctor Clark found pressures to be 16 in the right eye and 4 in the left eye. 19 (DUF 48.) Doctor Kaye attests that doctor Clark did not recommend a corneal transplant, but 20 suggested a second opinion. (DUF 49.) Plaintiff attests that doctor Clark did recommend a 21 cornea transplant. (Pl.'s Opp'n, Ex. A21b.) On January 11, 2005, Plaintiff's pressures were 22 recorded as 6 mm. (DUF 50.) 23 Plaintiff's intraocular pressure remained excellent until September 11, 2006. (DUF 51.)
24 Doctor Kaye attests that there is no medical evidence that Defendants Attygalla, Shen, Wu, or 25 26 27 28
Plaintiff contends that his intraocular pressure was not controlled, citing to Exhibit A14, CDC 7362 H e a lth Services Form dated August 17, 2004. Plaintiff had a right eye intraocular pressure of 39 at that time. Plaintiff's intraocular eye pressure remained at 39 on August 28, 2004. (Pl.'s Opp'n, Ex. A15.) None of this e v id e n c e disputes Defendants' contention that Plaintiff's intraocular eye pressure was controlled as of September 10, 2 0 0 4 . Plaintiff fails to deny Defendants' statement of fact.
1 McGuinness caused Plaintiff to suffer any loss of vision. (DUF 52.) Plaintiff attests that the 2 denial of proper medication resulted in nerve damage to Plaintiff's eyes. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n 3 David Kaye ¶ 19.) 4 Defendant Wu attests that his medical treatment was appropriate and within the standard
5 of reasonable care. (DUF 55.) Defendant Wu made several referrals for ophthalmology consults 6 and maintained Plaintiff on the appropriate medications for his eye condition. (DUF 56.) 7 Defendant Wu attests that at no time did Defendant Wu refuse Plaintiff medical treatment that 8 Plaintiff needed. (DUF 57.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant Wu failed to ensure that Plaintiff see 9 Doctor Kazi for a follow-up regarding his intraocular pressure on June 25, 2004, and Plaintiff did 10 not see doctor Kazi until July 30, 2004. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Wu ¶¶ 7, 8.) Plaintiff attests that 11 there were delays in receiving glaucoma medication and other recommended medication. (Id. ¶ 12 6, 14-15.) 13 Defendant McGuinness attests that she did not refuse medical treatment which Plaintiff
14 needed. (DUF 60.) Defendant McGuinness attests that her decisions were appropriate and 15 within the standard of reasonable medical care. (DUF 61.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant 16 McGuinness denied him a corneal transplant. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n McGuinness ¶ 5.) Plaintiff 17 attests that Defendant McGuinness refused to issue him a chrono to live in a cell as opposed to an 18 open dormitory. (Id. ¶ 6.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant McGuinness refused to issue a chrono 19 for Plaintiff to be excused from attending school because he could not see. (Pl.'s Opp'n, Ex. 20 H3.) 21 Doctor Kaye attests that the loss of vision in both eyes is caused by Plaintiff's
22 longstanding glaucoma. (DUF 62.) Plaintiff's loss of vision existed prior to his incarceration. 23 (DUF 63.)14 Plaintiff attests that the loss of his vision is due to Defendants' medical actions in 24 failing to provide all three glaucoma medications, as stated above. Doctor Kaye attests that 25 Plaintiff suffered recurrent iritis in the right eye which is documented prior to his incarceration. 26 27 28
Plaintiff contends he did not have optical nerve damage prior to his incarceration. This does not address th e issue of whether Plaintiff lost vision prior to his incarceration or not. Plaintiff clearly contends that his vision got w o r s e while incarcerated. However, Defendants' position appears to be that Plaintiff had vision issues before his in c a r c e r a tio n .
1 (DUF 64.) Plaintiff attests that doctor Stainer did not prescribe treatment for any iritis. Doctor 2 Kaye attests that the motorcycle accident appears to have resulted in failure of Plaintiff's left 3 corneal transplant. (DUF 65.) Plaintiff contends his motorcycle accident was in 1989, and did 4 not affect his corneal transplant. There is no clear medical evidence to show that Plaintiff's 5 glaucoma or recurrent iritis was caused by any medical provider. (DUF 66.) There is no medical 6 evidence that Plaintiff did not respond to generic medications prescribed for his eye complaints 7 or that those medications were contraindicated. (DUF 67.) 8 9 E. Kidney Issues
Beginning in 2004, Plaintiff was under the care of urologists. (DUF 68.) Multiple
10 procedures were undertaken in an attempt to treat his kidney stones. (DUF 69.) On June 7, 11 2004, Plaintiff underwent cystoscopy, stent placement, and short wave lithotripsy by doctor 12 Rajendra Dwivedi. (DUF 70.) On July 12, 2004, August 8, 2004, September 13, 2004, January 13 2, 2005, February 7, 2005, March 7, 2005, April 4, 2005, May 9, 2005, and July 11, 2005, 14 Plaintiff underwent shock wave lithotripsy by doctor Rajenda Dwivedi. (DUF 71.)15 On January 15 14, 2006, Plaintiff had a consultation with urologist doctor Roger Low, M.D. at UC Davis. 16 (DUF 72.) Doctor Low performed ureteroscopy stone removal with replacement of stent. (DUF 17 73.) On April 5, 2006, Plaintiff underwent stent removal at UC Davis by doctor Low with 18 recommendations for stone treatment sent to doctor Bhat. (DUF 74.) Plaintiff was under the 19 constant care of urology specialists who were addressing his kidney stone problem. (DUF 75.)16 20 Medullary sponge kidney is not a condition where the stone disease can be cured, but rather the 21 doctors attempt to manage it. (DUF 76.) 22 Doctor Taylor attests that there is no medical evidence that Defendant Shen failed to treat
23 or address Plaintiff's complaints of kidney stones. (DUF 77.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant 24 Shen made no medical referral for Plaintiff to see a urologist even after Plaintiff provided 25 Defendant Shen with his medical records, and refused to issue a lower-bunk chrono to prevent 26
Defendants listed the first date as "July 12, 2007." The Court presumes that this is error.
Plaintiff contends that he continues to have problems with kidney stones. Addressing the problem does n o t necessarily mean that Plaintiff's kidney stones will cease being a problem. This objection is overruled.
1 Plaintiff further harm. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Shen ¶¶ 7-9.) Doctor Taylor attests that there 2 is no medical evidence that Defendant Wu failed to treat or address Plaintiff's complaints of 3 kidney stones. (DUF 78.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant Wu refused to refer Plaintiff a kidney 4 specialist and only referred Plaintiff to a urologist; Defendant Wu also refused to issue a double 5 mattress chrono. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Wu ¶¶ 18-19.) Doctor Taylor attests that there is no 6 medical evidence that Defendant McGuinness failed to treat or address Plaintiff's complaints of 7 kidney stones. (DUF 79.) Plaintiff attests that all Defendants failed to follow Dr. Roger Low's 8 recommendations, including a special diet, double mattress chrono, 24-hour urine test to better 9 diagnose the condition, or pain medication. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Doctor Taylor ¶ 3.) Defendant 10 Taylor attests that there is no medical evidence that Defendant Attygalla failed to treat or address 11 Plaintiff's complaints of kidney stones. (DUF 80.) Plaintiff attests that Defendant Attygalla 12 knew that Plaintiff suffered from pain due to kidney stones but refused to refer Plaintiff to a 13 kidney specialist or provide any treatment. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Attygalla ¶¶ 6-7.) Doctor 14 Taylor contends that there is no medical evidence that Defendants Shen, Wu, Attygalla, or 15 McGuinness caused Plaintiff harm. (DUF 81.) Plaintiff contests this statement, as stated above. 16 IV. 17 18 Analysis A. Deliberate Indifference To A Serious Medical Need
The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. "The Constitution does
19 not mandate comfortable prisons." Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825, 832 (1994) (quotation and 20 citation omitted). A prisoner's claim of inadequate medical care does not rise to the level of an 21 Eighth Amendment violation unless (1) "the prison official deprived the prisoner of the `minimal 22 civilized measure of life's necessities,'" and (2) "the prison official `acted with deliberate 23 indifference in doing so.'" Toguchi v. Chung, 391 F.3d 1051, 1057 (9th Cir. 2004) (quoting 24 Hallett v. Morgan, 296 F.3d 732, 744 (9th Cir. 2002) (citation omitted)). The deliberate 25 indifference standard involves an objective and a subjective prong. First, the alleged deprivation 26 must be, in objective terms, "sufficiently serious . . . ." Id. at 834 (citing Wilson v. Seiter, 501 27 U.S. 294, 298 (1991)). Second, the prison official must "know of and disregard an excessive 28 risk to inmate health or safety . . . ." Id. at 837. 12
"Deliberate indifference is a high legal standard." Toguchi, 391 F.3d at 1060. "Under
2 this standard, the prison official must not only `be aware of the facts from which the inference 3 could be drawn that a substantial risk of serious harm exists,' but that person `must also draw the 4 inference.'" Id. at 1057 (quoting Farmer, 511 U.S. at 837). "`If a prison official should have 5 been aware of the risk, but was not, then the official has not violated the Eighth Amendment, no 6 matter how severe the risk.'" Id. (quoting Gibson v. County of Washoe, Nevada, 290 F.3d 1175, 7 1188 (9th Cir. 2002)). 8 9 10 B. Eye Issues 1. Defendant Adams
Defendants contend that there is no respondeat superior liability for § 1983 claims, and
11 thus Defendant Adams is not liable. (Mot. Summ. J. 9:11-14.) Defendants contend that it is 12 undisputed that Defendant Adams was not involved in Plaintiff's medical care. (Id. at 9:14-15.) 13 Plaintiff contends that Defendant Adams failed to ensure that all inmates under his
14 custody receive adequate medical care. (Pl.'s Opp'n, Decl. In Opp'n Derral Adams.) Plaintiff 15 contends that Defendant Adams had a responsibility to ensure compliance under Plata and 16 Armstrong17. (Id.) 17 Having considered all evidence submitted in support, and construing facts in the light
18 most favorable to Plaintiff as the non-moving party, the undersigned finds that Plaintiff pleads at 19 most respondeat superior liability by Defendant Adams. Under § 1983, Plaintiff must 20 demonstrate that each defendant personally participated in the deprivation of his rights. Jones v. 21 Williams, 297 F.3d 930, 934 (9th Cir. 2002). The Supreme Court recently emphasized that the 22 term "supervisory liability," loosely and commonly used by both courts and litigants alike, is a 23 misnomer. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1237, 1949 (2009). "Government officials may not be 24 held liable for the unconstitutional conduct of their subordinates under a theory of respondeat 25 superior." Id. at 1948. Rather, each government official, regardless of his or her title, is only 26 liable for his or her own misconduct, and therefore, Plaintiff must demonstrate that each 27 28
Plata and Armstrong refer to remedial plans that govern medical care and ADA (Americans with D is a b ilitie s Act) issues for inmates.
1 defendant, through his or her own individual actions, violated Plaintiff's constitutional rights. Id. 2 at 1948-49. Here, Plaintiff contends at most that Defendant Adams as the warden had a 3 responsibility to ensure that the prison medical staff at CSATF provided Plaintiff with adequate 4 medical care. Such a claim amounts at most to respondeat superior liability, which is not 5 actionable under § 1983. Accordingly, summary judgment should be entered in favor of 6 Defendant Adams. 7 8 2. Defendant McGuinness
Defendants contend that Defendant McGuinness's involvement with Plaintiff's medical
9 care was limited to reviewing his inmate appeals. (Mot. Summ. J. 9:20-21.) Defendants contend 10 that Defendant McGuinness's mere action of reviewing Plaintiff's inmate appeal is insufficient 11 for a claim of supervisory liability. (Id. at 10:5-10.) 12 Plaintiff attests that Defendant McGuinness actually saw Plaintiff on October 29, 2005.
13 Plaintiff requested removal or accommodations to be made because reading caused Plaintiff to 14 suffer migraines due to the strain on his eyes. This request was denied. Plaintiff attests that 15 Defendant McGuinness knew that Plaintiff was legally blind and failed to issue a chrono for 16 Plaintiff to live in a cell as opposed to an open dormitory, subjecting Plaintiff to harassment and 17 theft by other inmates. Plaintiff also attests that Defendant McGuinness failed to order a corneal 18 transplant for Plaintiff, despite recommendations from two doctors outside of the prison 19 healthcare system. 20 For supervisory liability under § 1983, Plaintiff must demonstrate that supervisory
21 defendants personally participated in the alleged deprivation of rights, knew of the violations and 22 failed to act to prevent them, or promulgated or implemented a policy so deficient that the policy 23 itself is a repudiation of constitutional rights and is the moving force of the constitutional 24 violation. Hansen v. Black, 885 F.2d 642, 646 (9th Cir. 1989); Taylor v. List, 880 F.2d 1040, 25 1045 (9th Cir. 1989). 26 Defendants' contention that Defendant McGuinness merely reviewed Plaintiff's appeal is
27 not borne out by the facts as construed in the light most favorable to the non-moving party. 28 Plaintiff was seen by Defendant McGuinness. Plaintiff requested a chrono to be excused from 14
1 school, which was denied. Plaintiff claims that Defendant McGuinness knew of Plaintiff's issues 2 with school, namely that reading without assistance caused Plaintiff to suffer migraine headaches 3 due to eye strain. The question is whether Defendant McGuinness acted with deliberate 4 indifference when Plaintiff was denied a chrono removing Plaintiff from school. Based on the 5 evidence submitted by all parties, Defendant McGuinness appears to have concluded that 6 Plaintiff could perform in school if the materials were sufficiently enlarged. (Pl.'s Opp'n, Ex. H, 7 Second Level Response to Grievance No. SATF 05-3854.) Even if Defendant McGuinness was 8 incorrect in her assessment, that would amount at most to negligence, not deliberate indifference. 9 There is no evidence which indicates a triable issue of material fact that Defendant McGuinness 10 knew of and disregarded a serious risk to Plaintiff's health in refusing to issue a chrono excusing 11 Plaintiff from school. 12 Construing all facts in light most favorable to the non-moving party, the undersigned
13 finds that there are no triable issues of material fact which indicate Defendant McGuinness knew 14 of and disregarded a serious risk to Plaintiff's health by denying Plaintiff housing in a cell as 15 opposed to an open dormitory. Plaintiff's concerns about his safety in open dormitory housing 16 do not sufficiently link Defendant McGuinness to any act that caused the harm. There are no 17 facts that support a finding that Defendant McGuinness was subjectively aware of harm resulting 18 from Plaintiff being housed in an open dormitory as opposed to a cell. Judgment should be 19 entered in favor of Defendant McGuinness as to Plaintiff's claim regarding living in an open 20 dormitory as opposed to a cell. 21 As to Plaintiff's claim regarding a corneal transplant, the undersigned finds that there is
22 no triable issue of material fact. Plaintiff contends that Defendant McGuinness failed to follow 23 other doctor's opinions regarding the necessity of a corneal transplant. A difference of medical 24 opinion between medical professionals concerning the appropriate course of treatment generally 25 does not amount to deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. Toguchi, 391 F.3d at 105926 60. To establish that a difference of opinion amount to deliberate indifference, Plaintiff "must 27 show that the course of treatment the doctors chose was medically unacceptable under the 28 circumstances and "that they chose this course in conscious disregard of an excessive risk to 15
1 [Plaintiff's] health." Id. at 1058 (citing Jackson v. McIntosh, 90 F.3d 330, 332 (9th Cir. 1996)). 2 Here, construing the facts in light most favorable to the non-moving party, Defendant 3 McGuinness reviewed Plaintiff's necessity for a corneal transplant. There is no evidence to 4 support a finding that Defendant McGuinness was subjectively aware that a delay in a corneal 5 transplant would cause Plaintiff harm. Even if Defendant McGuinness failed to meet medical 6 acceptable standard of care here, that would amount at most to medical negligence, not deliberate 7 indifference, and is not actionable under § 1983. Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 106 (1976). 8 It is also unclear what harm would occur for the delay in receiving a corneal transplant.
9 Vague claims of "pain and suffering" are insufficient at the summary judgment stage to 10 demonstrate a triable issue of material fact. See Matsushita, 475 U.S. at 587 ("Where the record 11 taken as a whole could not lead a rational trier of fact to find for the nonmoving party, there is no 12 `genuine issue for trial.'"). Accordingly, summary judgment should be entered in favor of 13 Defendant McGuinness as to the denial of a corneal transplant. 14 15 3. Defendant Wu
Defendant contends that he Wu made appropriate referrals for Plaintiff to see specialty
16 consultants. (Defs.' Mot. Summ. J. 11:5-6.) Defendants contend that at no time did Defendant 17 Wu prevent Plaintiff from receiving medical treatment that he believed Plaintiff required. (Id. at 18 11:6-7.) Plaintiff contends that Defendant Wu refused to follow doctor Kazi's recommendations. 19 Plaintiff attests that Defendant Wu failed to ensure that Plaintiff see doctor Kazi for a follow-up 20 regarding his intraocular pressure on June 25, 2004, and Plaintiff did not see doctor Kazi until 21 July 30, 2004. 22 Based on the submitted evidence, and construing the facts in the light most favorable to
23 the non-moving party, the undersigned finds that there are no triable issues of material fact as to 24 Defendant Wu's treatment for Plaintiff's eye issues. Defendant Wu referred Plaintiff to an eye 25 specialist twice. This would indicate that Defendant Wu took steps to provide medical care for 26 Plaintiff. See Hoptowit, 682 F.2d at 1253 (if prison medical staff is not competent to examine, 27 diagnoses, and treat inmate's problems, they must "refer prisoners to others who can"). 28 Plaintiff's main complaints with Defendant Wu concern delays, including: 1) Defendant 16
1 Wu's delay of Plaintiff's follow-up with Doctor Kazi by a month, 2) receiving glaucoma 2 medication ten days later, and 3) receiving recommended medication sixty days later. (Pl.'s 3 Decl. In Opp'n Def. Wu ¶¶ 6-8, 14-16.)18 4 There are no triable issues of material fact as to whether Defendant Wu consciously
5 disregarded a serious risk to Plaintiff's health. Plaintiff's claims amount at most to medical 6 negligence, which is not actionable as deliberate indifference under § 1983. Estelle, 429 U.S. at 7 106. Accordingly, summary judgment should be entered in favor of Defendant Wu as to 8 Plaintiff's claims regarding medical treatment for his eye. 9 10 4. Defendant Shen
Defendant Shen contends that he made appropriate referrals for Plaintiff to see speciality
11 consultants, and did not prevent Plaintiff from receiving medical care which he believed Plaintiff 12 required. (Defs.' Mot. Summ. J. 10:23-26.) Plaintiff contends that Defendant Shen gave 13 Plaintiff only one of three drugs for treatment of his glaucoma and did not refer Plaintiff to an 14 ophthalmologist. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Shen ¶ 4.) 15 Plaintiff's first claim consists of Defendant Shen providing only one of three drugs for
16 treatment of Plaintiff's glaucoma. Plaintiff explained to Defendant Shen that his glaucoma 17 treatment required three drugs, not one, but Defendant Shen refused, resulting in damage to 18 Plaintiff's eyes. Plaintiff however cannot testify as to medical diagnoses, as he is not an expert. 19 Fed. R. Evid. 701, 702. There is no triable issue of fact to support a finding that Defendant Shen 20 acted with conscious disregard as to Plaintiff's glaucoma when he prescribed only one of the 21 three drugs. Plaintiff's claim as to the drug treatment is at most medical negligence, not 22 deliberate indifference, and not actionable here. 23 Plaintiff also contends that Defendant Shen refused to refer Plaintiff to any
24 ophthalmologists during the time Plaintiff resided at Wasco State Prison. Unfortunately for 25 Plaintiff's claim, there is no triable issue of material fact as to the need for an ophthalmologist. 26 27 28
There is no triable issue of material fact as to Plaintiff's complaint regarding being housed in an open d o r m ito r y as opposed to a cell. Like his claim against Defendant McGuinness, Plaintiff fails to demonstrate any fa c ts indicating that Defendant W u had subjective awareness of any harm that would result to Plaintiff from being h o u s e d in an open dormitory.
1 There is no evidence indicating that Defendant Shen had subjective knowledge of harm and 2 consciously disregarded it when he failed to refer Plaintiff. Construing the facts in light most 3 favorable to the non-moving party, the undersigned finds that there are no triable issues of 4 material fact as against Defendant Shen for treatment of Plaintiff's eye issues. Accordingly, 5 summary judgment should be entered in favor of Defendant Shen for Plaintiff's claims regarding 6 his eye. 7 8 5. Defendant Attygalla
Defendant Attygalla contends he made appropriate referrals for Plaintiff to see speciality
9 consultants, and did not prevent Plaintiff from receiving medical care which he believed Plaintiff 10 required. (Defs.' Mot. Summ. J. 11:14-16.) Plaintiff contends that Defendant Attygalla was 11 aware of Plaintiff's glaucoma, but treated Plaintiff only for iritis, and provided only one of the 12 three drugs for treatment of his glaucoma. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Attygalla ¶¶ 3-4.) 13 Defendant Attygalla also failed to refer Plaintiff to an eye specialist. (Id. ¶ 5.) 14 Again, the evidence before this Court demonstrates at most medical negligence, not
15 deliberate indifference. Plaintiff received treatment for his glaucoma by receiving one of the 16 recommended drugs, and was also treated for iritis. Even if Defendant Attygalla was deficient in 17 the prescription of medical treatment, that amounts at most to medical negligence. There is no 18 evidence which indicates that Defendant Attygalla was aware of harm to Plaintiff and acted in 19 conscious disregard. Construing the facts in light most favorable to the non-moving party, the 20 undersigned finds that there are no triable issues of material fact as against Defendant Attygalla 21 for treatment of Plaintiff's eye issues. Accordingly, summary judgment should be entered in 22 favor of Defendant Attygalla as to Plaintiff's claims regarding his eye. 23 24 25 C. Kidney Issues 1. Defendant Adams
There is no triable issue of material fact against Defendant Adams for Plaintiff's kidney
26 issues. As stated previously, Plaintiff's claim against Defendant Adams is premised on 27 respondeat superior liability, which is not actionable under § 1983. 28 /// 18
Defendants raise the same arguments that they raised regarding Defendant McGuinness
3 and her treatment of Plaintiff's eye issues. Plaintiff contends that Defendant McGuinness 4 refused to prescribe kidney stone medication for Plaintiff that would have reduced the amount of 5 Plaintiff's kidney stones. (Pl.'s Mem. P. & A. ¶ 44.) Plaintiff contends that Defendants refused 6 to provide Plaintiff with any pain medication to ease his discomfort. Construing the facts in the 7 light most favorable to the non-moving party, the undersigned finds that there is a triable issue of 8 material fact as to whether Defendant McGuinness's treatment of Plaintiff's kidney issues was 9 deliberately indifferent. 10 11 3. Defendant Wu
Defendants raise the same argument, namely that there is no evidence Defendant Wu
12 failed to treat or address Plaintiff's kidney issues. Plaintiff attests that Defendant Wu knew 13 Plaintiff had over 100 kidney stones and only referred Plaintiff to a urologist. (Pl.'s Decl. In 14 Opp'n Def. Wu ¶ 18.) Plaintiff attests that he was experiencing extreme pain in his back from 15 the kidney stones, and Defendant Wu refused to issue a double mattress chrono to help relieve 16 the pain. (Id. ¶ 19.) 17 Construing the evidence in light most favorable to the non-moving party, there exists a
18 triable issue of fact as to whether Defendant Wu was deliberately indifferent to Plaintiff's needs 19 regarding his kidney issues. As stated previously, a difference of medical opinion between 20 medical professionals concerning the appropriate course of treatment generally does not amount 21 to deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. Toguchi, 391 F.3d at 1059-60. To establish 22 that a difference of opinion amount to deliberate indifference, Plaintiff "must show that the 23 course of treatment the [defendant] doctors chose was medically unacceptable under the 24 circumstances and "that they chose this course in conscious disregard of an excessive risk to 25 [Plaintiff's] health." Id. at 1058 (citing Jackson, 90 F.3d at 332). However, construing the facts 26 in the light most favorable to the non-moving party, there is a triable issue of fact as to whether 27 Defendant Wu provided any treatment for Plaintiff's kidney issues. There are thus triable issues 28 of material fact as to Plaintiff's claims against Defendant Wu for Plaintiff's kidney issues that 19
1 precludes a finding of summary judgment as to this claim. 2 3 4. Defendant Shen
Defendants raise the same argument, namely that there is no evidence Defendant Shen
4 failed to treat or address Plaintiff's kidney issues. Plaintiff attests that he showed Defendant 5 Shen his medical records that he had over 100 kidney stones per kidney, but Defendant Shen 6 refused to refer Plaintiff to see a urologist or to issue a lower bunk chrono to prevent harm to 7 Plaintiff during his time at Wasco State Prison. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Shen ¶¶ 8-9.) 8 Construing the facts in the light most favorable to the non-moving party, there is a triable issue of 9 material fact as to whether Defendant Shen provided any treatment for Plaintiff's kidney issues. 10 11 5. Defendant Attygalla
Defendants raise the same argument, namely that there is no evidence Defendant
12 Attygalla failed to treat or address Plaintiff's kidney issues. Plaintiff attests that Defendant 13 Attygalla, despite knowing that Plaintiff had over 100 kidney stones per kidney, and that the 14 condition caused extreme pain for Plaintiff, failed to refer Plaintiff to see a kidney specialist, or 15 provide any treatment for his kidney stones during his time at Lancaster State Prison, including 16 refusal to issue a lower bunk chrono. (Pl.'s Decl. In Opp'n Def. Attygalla ¶¶ 6-8.) Construing 17 the facts in the light most favorable to the non-moving party, there is a triable issue of fact as to 18 whether Defendant Attygalla provided any treatment for Plaintiff's kidney issues 19 V. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2. Conclusion And Recommendation Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY RECOMMENDED that 1. Defendants' motion for summary judgment, filed November 19, 2009, should be GRANTED as to Defendant Adams for all claims, and as to Defendants Shen, Wu, Attygalla, and McGuinness for Plaintiff's claims regarding medical treatment for his eye; and Defendants' motion should be DENIED as to Plaintiff's claims against Defendants Shen, Wu, Attygalla, and McGuinness for medical treatment of his kidneys. These Findings and Recommendations will be submitted to the United States District 20
1 Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Within 2 twenty-one (21) days after being served with these Findings and Recommendations, the parties 3 may file written objections with the Court. The document should be captioned "Objections to 4 Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." The parties are advised that failure to file 5 objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. 6 Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153, 1157 (9th Cir. 1991). 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 3b142a
August 18, 2010
/s/ Dennis L. Beck UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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