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Neal v. Franklin Parish Detention Center

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division

September 10, 2019

BRYANT K. NEAL
v.
FRANKLIN PARISH DETENTION CENTER, ET AL.

         SECTION P

          TERRY A. DOUGHTY JUDGE

          REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

          KAREN L. HAYES UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         Plaintiff Bryant K. Neal, a prisoner at Franklin Parish Detention Center (“FPDC”) proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed the instant proceeding on July 3, 201');">19, under 42 U.S.C. § 1');">198');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">83. He names the following defendants: Franklin Parish Detention Center, Warden Chad Lee, Nurse Dana Lee, Nurse Sonja Smith, Sheriff Kevin Cobb, Sergeant Kris Wallace, and Officer Cameron Easterling.[1');">1" name="FN1');">1" id="FN1');">1">1');">1] For reasons that follow, the Court should dismiss Plaintiff's claims.

         Background

         Plaintiff alleges that, following his arrest on July 1');">17, 201');">18');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8, his “right big toe was cut wide open & broken bone. [sic].” [doc. # 1');">1, p. 3');">p. 3]. The arresting officers transported him to jail. Id. One arresting officer, Sergeant Kris Wallace, informed a correctional officer at the jail, Cameron Easterling, that Plaintiff “needed medical attention immediately.” [doc. # 8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8, p. 1');">1]. However, Plaintiff claims that Easterling failed to provide any medical attention “like the arresting officer requested . . . .” Id.

         Plaintiff alleges that he was bleeding and that his injuries were obvious. He claims that, despite a sign in the “booking room” that states “‘Do Not Book Anyone In With Broken Bones, Obvious Injuries, Or Bleeding, '” booking officers placed him in “population.” [doc. #s 1');">1, p. 3');">p. 3; 8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8, p. 2].

         On July 1');">19, 201');">18');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8, Plaintiff filed a “sick call form about [his] right big toe . . . .” [doc. #s 1');">1, pp. 3');">p. 3-4; 8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8, p. 2]. Nurse Sonja Smith evaluated him, sprayed peroxide on his toe, and sent him back to the dormitory. [doc. # 1');">1, p. 4');">p. 4].

         A week later, a spider bit Plaintiff. Id. Plaintiff “went back to Nurse Dana Lee . . . .” [doc. # 1');">1, p. 4');">p. 4]. Nurse Lee was “way more careful and serious about [Plaintiff's] situation . . . .” [doc. # 8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8, pp. 2-3]. When she reviewed Plaintiff's spider bite, as well as the injuries to his “right big toe, ” she referred him to Doctor Reid. Id. at 3.

         “Dr. Reid was very helpful and handle[d] [Plaintiff] with much care.” Id. Dr. Reid treated Plaintiff's spider bite, x-rayed his toe, and provided antibiotics. Id. After reviewing the x-ray, Dr. Reid diagnosed Plaintiff with a bone marrow infection and immediately referred him to “LSU” because his toe could possibly require amputation. Id.

         At LSU, Plaintiff was treated with a “hard shoe” and “medications . . . .” Id. He returned to LSU for more treatment or evaluation, and a physician there ordered the “‘jail' nurse to pull [Plaintiff] out of [the] dormitory AT LEAST 3X times a week to soak [his] right big toe in rubbing alcohol or peroxide because [his] toe nail was going to fall off and re-grow back.” Id.

         Plaintiff seeks compensation for his pain and suffering, and he asks the Court to enjoin defendants from retaliating against him. [doc. #s 1');">1, p. 4');">p. 4, 8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8');">8, p. 5].

         Law and Analysis

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