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Verdict in Favor of Physician Accused of Failing to Treat Severe Pain from Inguinal Hernia

Case:
John Colton v Clients (treating physician)

Area of Law:
Civil Rights 42 U.S.C. §1983, based on the failure to treat a right inguinal hernia

Venue:
U. S. District Court, Eastern District

Judge:
Gerald Rosen, Chief Judge

Facility:
Cotton Correctional

Allegations:
Plaintiff alleged the physician ignored his alleged severe pain and allegations that his previous right inguinal hernia surgical repair had failed. Plaintiff alleged significant pain and suffering for 3 years. He alleged he should have had inguinal hernia surgery as early as Oct. 2009. He also demanded right inguinal hernia surgery. Defense alleged plaintiff never reported pain and in fact a hernia that is not incarcerated or strangled is not a serious medical need. Pursuant to Napier Plaintiff must produce expert support that a delay in treatment proximately caused additional damages.

Settlement history:
Plaintiff demanded $20,000. We rejected.

Trial:
Trial started on 10/27/14 and ended 10/29/14. At the close of Plaintiff’s proofs we moved for a Directed Verdict. The court deferred until after Defense proofs. Following defense proofs the court granted the motion for Directed Verdict.

Bases for Relief:
The court accepted our argument that this was a Napier case and not a Blackmore case; therefore, Plaintiff needed medical testimony to support the fact that the medical condition worsened as a result of the delay. Plaintiff was unable to prove same.

Chance of Appeal:
60% chance Plaintiff will file a Pro Se appeal. 1% chance he will be successful.

Attorney:
Ronald Chapman


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