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Hampton v. Sheridan Detention Center

United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division

November 30, 2017

LADEITRIC HAMPTON PLAINTIFF
v.
SHERIDAN DETENTION CENTER, et al., DEFENDANTS

          RECOMMENDED DISPOSITION

         The following Recommended Disposition (“Recommendation”) has been sent to United States District Judge James M. Moody, Jr. Any party may file written objections to this Recommendation. Objections must be specific and include the factual or legal basis for disagreeing with the Recommendation. An objection to a factual finding must specifically identify the finding of fact believed to be wrong and describe the evidence that supports that belief.

         An original and one copy of the objections must be received in the office of the United States District Clerk within fourteen (14) days of this Recommendation. If no objections are filed, Judge Moody can adopt this Recommendation without independently reviewing all of the evidence in the record. By not objecting, you may also waive any right to appeal questions of fact.

         I. Introduction

         On August 3, 2016, Plaintiff Ladeitric Hampton (“Hampton”) filed this pro se ' 1983 action alleging that, while he was a pretrial detainee in the Sheridan Detention Center ("SDC"), he was denied constitutionally adequate medical care. Doc. 2. Hampton amended his Complaint on August 17, 2016. Doc. 3. On September 26, 2016, at the Court's direction, he filed a Second Amended Complaint. Docs. 5 & 7.

         After the initial screening required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a), Hampton was permitted to proceed with his § 1983 claim that Jail Administrator Shane Green (“Green”) and Assistant Jail Administrator Melanie Bryant (“Bryant”) denied him constitutionally adequate medical care for stomach pains and rectal bleeding.[1] Docs. 8 & 10. Hampton seeks an award of damages for pain and suffering and medical expenses.

         Green and Bryant have filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, a Brief in Support, and a Statement of Undisputed Facts. Docs. 21-23. Hampton has filed a Response. Doc. 27.

         Before addressing the merits of Defendants' Motion, the Court will summarize the relevant undisputed facts giving rise to Hampton's claim.[2]

         1. On July 26, 2015 at 5:00 a.m., Hampton, a pretrial detainee, [3]complained to jail officials that he was experiencing stomach pains and bloody stools. In response, Bryant scheduled an appointment for him at a nearby medical clinic. Hampton was also given ibuprofen for his pain, which allowed him to sleep. Doc. 2 at p. 1-2; Doc. 7 at p. 1; Doc. 22-4 at ¶ 11, Affidavit of M. Bryant.

         2. The next morning, July 27, 2015, Hampton woke up and observed blood “everywhere” after he used the bathroom. He complained to a guard named Randy, who responded by calling an ambulance and notifying Bryant. The paramedics who arrived wanted to take Hampton to the hospital immediately, but Bryant declined, pointing out that Hampton already had an appointment at a medical clinic later that same day. Doc. 2 at p. 2; Doc. 27 at p. 3.

         3. On the afternoon of July 27, 2015, Hampton was taken to the Winston Clinic for a 3:45 p.m. appointment. Hampton told the medical provider who treated him that he had been experiencing rectal bleeding for two days and that it was getting worse. The medical provider, citing Hampton's “GI bleeding, ” directed him to go to the hospital emergency room. Doc. 22-2 (Winston Clinic Office Visit Record); Doc. 22-4 at ¶¶ 12-14 (Affidavit of M. Bryant); Doc. 7 at p. 2.

         4. Hampton was taken from the Winston Clinic to the Baptist Health Medical Center - Hot Spring County. He was admitted and released the next day, July 28, 2015. Hampton was diagnosed with colitis, nausea, hematochezia, and lower quadrant abdominal pain. He was provided with medications and directed to follow up with his family practice physician. Doc. 22-2 (Winston Clinic Office Visit Record); Doc. 22-4 at ¶¶14-15 (Affidavit of M. Bryant); Doc. 7 at p. 2.

         II. Discussion

         Green and Bryant argue that they are entitled to summary judgment on the inadequate medical care claim Hampton has asserted against him.[4] The Court agrees.

         To proceed to trial on his inadequate medical care claims, Hampton must have evidence demonstrating that: (1) he had an objectively serious need for medical care to treat his stomach pain and rectal bleeding; and (2) Green or Bryant subjectively knew of, but deliberately disregarded, that serious medical need by delaying his medical treatment. See Saylor v. Nebraska,812 F.3d 637, 644 (8th Cir. 2016); Langford v. Norris,614 F.3d 445, 460 (8th Cir. 2010). Deliberate indifference, which goes well beyond negligence or gross negligence, “requires proof of a reckless disregard of the known risk.” Moore v. Duffy, 255 F.3d 543, 545 (8th Cir. 2001). In other ...


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