Trotter (ID 55943) v. Williams et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ENTERED: This matter is dismissed for failure to state a claim. Signed by District Judge John W. Lungstrum on 01/18/23. Mailed to pro se party Christopher M. Trotter by regular mail. (smnd)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
CHRISTOPHER M. TROTTER,
CASE NO. 22-3285-JWL-JPO
TOMMY WILLIAMS, Warden,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Plaintiff filed this pro se case under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff is in custody at the El
Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kansas (“EDCF”). On December 2, 2022, the Court
entered a Memorandum and Order to Show Cause (Doc. 3) (“MOSC”), directing Plaintiff to
show good cause why his Complaint should not be dismissed. The Court denied Plaintiff’s
motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, and directed Plaintiff to submit the $402 filing fee
by January 3, 2023. Plaintiff has failed to submit the filing fee by the Court’s deadline. Plaintiff
has filed a response (Doc. 4) to the Court’s MOSC.
Plaintiff alleges that when the nurse came to Plaintiff’s cell to pass out his medications on
Saturday evening, August 27, 2022, he noticed that the pills were a different shape and color
from the pills he normally takes. (Doc. 1, at 7). Because the pills looked different, Plaintiff
asked the nurse about the medication. Id. The nurse told Plaintiff that she did not know, but
most likely the pills were just a different, generic version of his medication. Id. Plaintiff took
the medication, and the pills “cause[d] [his] bladder to lock-up,” and made him unable to urinate
for over 42 hours. Id.
Plaintiff put in a sick call the next day (Sunday), and was seen the following day
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(Monday) by a nurse from Centurion. Id. The nurse asked how long he had been taking his
medication and whether or not he had ever had a reaction. Id. at 8. Plaintiff replied that he had
been taking the medication for over a month and had never had a problem urinating. Id. The
nurse ordered labs for Plaintiff “ASAP” to determine what medication he was given and to make
sure there was no long-term damage. Id. The nurse made several calls to find someone to give
Plaintiff a catheter, which he received about an hour later. Id. Plaintiff claims that as of the date
he filed his Complaint—November 3, 2022—he still had not had lab work or any additional
Plaintiff alleges cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Id.
Plaintiff names Warden Tommy Williams and Health Service Administrator Sarah
Madgwick as defendants. Plaintiff seeks $100,000 for the “pain and suffering [he] had to endure
for over 42 hours. Along with the mental stress this has cause[d] [him] from the fear of the
damage this has done to [his] body.” Id. at 5.
The Court found in the MOSC that Plaintiff’s allegations do not show a complete lack of
medical care. A mere difference of opinion between the inmate and prison medical personnel
regarding diagnosis or reasonable treatment does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
See Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 106–07 (1976), see also Coppinger v. Townsend, 398 F.2d
392, 394 (10th Cir. 1968) (prisoner’s right is to medical care—not to type or scope of medical
care he desires and difference of opinion between a physician and a patient does not give rise to a
constitutional right or sustain a claim under § 1983).
The Court also found that Plaintiff failed to show that any defendant was deliberately
indifferent to his medical needs. Plaintiff has not alleged any personal participation by the
Warden or the Health Services Administrator. Plaintiff has failed to show that either defendant
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disregarded an excessive risk to his health or safety or that they were both aware of facts from
which the inference could be drawn that a substantial risk of serious harm existed, and also drew
the inference. Plaintiff’s claims suggest, at most, negligence, and are subject to dismissal.
In his response, Plaintiff claims that Warden Williams should be held liable because he
failed to ensure that Centurion provided a follow-up visit. (Doc. 4, at 2.) Plaintiff claims he
should have been given a follow-up visit to ensure that the medication he was given did not
cause damage to his body. Id. at 2–3. Plaintiff also claims that Defendant Madgwick, Health
Services Administrator at EDCF, was made aware of the situation and responded to Plaintiff’s
grievance. Id. at 4.
Plaintiff believes he was “more likely th[a]n not” given the wrong medication on
August 27, 2022.
Id. at 7.
Plaintiff has not shown that any defendant was deliberately
indifferent in giving him the wrong medication. See Logsdon v. Crawford, 2022 WL 16963233,
at *3 (E.D. Okla. Nov. 16, 2022) (“The fact that Logsdon allegedly received the wrong
medication for a few days does not itself necessarily implicate any violation of his constitutional
rights.”) “[T]here is no Eighth Amendment violation when jail officials give the wrong
medication to an inmate unless they were aware the inmate would react negatively to the
medication.” Id. (quoting Martinez v. United States, 812 F. Supp. 2d 1052, 1059 (C.D. Cal.
2010); see also James v. Fed. Bureau of Prisons, 79 F. App’x 417, 419 (10th Cir. 2003) (holding
that plaintiff failed to allege a deliberate indifference claim, because medical staff did not
knowingly administer a medication to which he was allergic); Herndon v. Whitworth, 924 F.
Supp. 1171, 1173-75 (N.D. Ga. 1995) (holding that plaintiff who was given wrong epilepsy
medication for three or four days, who told nurse the name of the correct medication, and who
suffered several epileptic episodes as a result of receiving wrong medication, failed to make out a
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claim for medical deliberate indifference)).
Plaintiff does not deny that he received medical attention following his inability to
urinate, but rather takes issue with not being tested to determine if any other damage was done to
his body. Plaintiff does not allege that he has suffered from any additional medical issues or
symptoms after he was given a catheter on August 29, 2022. In Cotton v. Bureau of Prisons, the
court found that plaintiff failed to state an Eighth Amendment claim where she alleged she was
given the wrong medication, but “there [was] no allegation that the side effects she initially
experienced were more than temporary or that they did not subside or resolve on their own
without medical intervention.” Cotton v. Bureau of Prisons, 2020 WL 907583, at *8–9 (N.D.
Fla. Jan. 22, 2020) (finding that plaintiff did not allege that she suffered any symptoms that were
made worse without treatment or that required later treatment), adopted 2020 WL 905538 (N.D.
Fla. Feb. 25, 2020).
Plaintiff has not shown that the Warden or Health Services Administrator were
deliberately indifferent to his medical needs. Plaintiff has failed to show good cause why this
matter should not be dismissed for failure to state a claim.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED BY THE COURT that this matter is dismissed for
failure to state a claim.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated January 18, 2023, in Kansas City, Kansas.
S/ John W. Lungstrum
JOHN W. LUNGSTRUM
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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