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Mitchell Wall v. Dr. Brian Bushman
Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Case Number: 3:12-cv-02112-MEM
Judge: Malachy E. Mannion
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Lackawanna County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Drew McLaughlin
Defendant's Attorney: G. Michael Thiel
Description: Scranton, PA - _ Jury Rules In Favor Of Prison Physician On Eighth Amendment Claim By Federal Prisoner
On February 21, 2018, a jury returned a verdict in favor of a prison physician rejecting a prisonerís claim that his Constitutional rights were violated. The two-day jury trial was held before United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, during the summer of 2011, Mitchell Wall, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Allenwood, White Deer, Pennsylvania, fell and fractured his back and was being treated by a prison physician. When Wallís back did not improve, he received a follow-up consultation with a private neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon recommended Wall be given a lower bunk and Wall claimed he communicated that directly to the prison physician, but the physician still refused to give him the lower bunk. The prison physician disputed Wallís claim. On February 16, 2012, Wall fell while getting out of the upper-bunk, was transported to a local hospital, and had surgery five days later.
Wallís lawsuit claimed that the prison physicianís failure to provide him with a lower bunk assignment as recommended by the private neurosurgeon amounted to deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs in violation of his Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. The jury rejected that claim after deliberating for approximately one hour.
The prison physician was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney G. Michael Thiel.
Outcome: Defendant's verdict.