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Holland v. McLaughlin

United States District Court, M.D. Georgia, Macon Division

July 17, 2017

CLYDE F. HOLLAND, Plaintiff,
v.
Warden GREGORY McLAUGHLIN, et al., Defendants.

         Proceedings Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983

          ORDER ON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE9;S ORDER AND RECOMMENDATION

          C. ASHLEY ROYAL, SENIOR JUDGE

         Before the Court is the United States Magistrate Judge9;s Order and Recommendation to allow Plaintiff Clyde Holland9;s claims against Defendants Dr. Robinson, Dr. Fye, and Warden Gregory McLaughlin to go forward; and dismiss without prejudice Plaintiff9;s claims against the Georgia Department of Corrections, unknown medical and dental providers for Macon State Prison, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center (“Phoebe Sumter”), and Dr. Barbara Dalrymple pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Plaintiff has filed a Motion for Reconsideration [Doc. 14');">14], which the Court construes as an Objection. Having fully considered the record in this case and investigated de novo those portions of the Order and Recommendation to which Plaintiff objects, the Court agrees with the findings and conclusions in the Order and Recommendation. Accordingly, the Order and Recommendation [Doc. 9] is HEREBY ADOPTED and MADE THE ORDER OF THIS COURT.

         In this pro se action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Plaintiff asserts Macon State Prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights. According to the Complaint, Plaintiff suffers from hypoglycemia, a pancreatic insulinoma, H. pylori bacteria in his stomach, prostate cancer, hepatitis C, arthritis, and severe dental problems. Despite Plaintiff9;s medical needs, he alleges prison officials refuse to provide treatment. Additionally, on March 3, 2016, Plaintiff hit his head on a metal box in his cell, breaking his skull. Prison officials transported Plaintiff to Phoebe Sumter for treatment. While walking in shackles in the Phoebe Sumter parking lot, Plaintiff fell in a hole, injuring his head, shoulder, hip, knee, and wrist. Plaintiff alleges Phoebe Sumter negligently maintained its parking lot and failed to treat the injuries he sustained in the fall.

         Plaintiff only objects to the Magistrate Judge9;s Recommendation to dismiss his claim against Phoebe Sumter. As set forth in the Order and Recommendation, Plaintiff9;s claim against Phoebe Sumter fails for three reasons. First, Plaintiff fails to allege Phoebe Sumter9;s conduct was more than mere negligence, which is not actionable under § 1983.[1] Second, § 1983 does not create vicarious liability, and thus Phoebe Sumter cannot be held liable for the actions of its medical personnel.[2] Third, to the extent Plaintiff seeks to bring a negligence claim under state law against Phoebe Sumter, such claim does not arise from a common nucleus of operative fact with his surviving federal claims, and thus the Court lacks supplemental jurisdiction.[3] In his Objection, Plaintiff contends the Court should not dismiss his claim because prison officials lied about his fall to protect Macon State Prison9;s contract with Phoebe Sumter.[4]Plaintiff9;s argument, however, is irrelevant. Accordingly, Plaintiff9;s Objection is OVERRULED.

         CONCLUSION

         For the reasons set forth above, the Order and Recommendation [Doc. 9] is HEREBY ADOPTED and MADE THE ORDER OF THIS COURT. Accordingly, Plaintiff9;s claims against Defendants Dr. Robinson, Dr. Fye, and Warden Gregory McLaughlin may go forward; and Plaintiff9;s claims against the Georgia Department of Corrections, unknown medical and dental providers for Macon State Prison, Phoebe Sumter, and Dr. Barbara Dalrymple are DISMISSED without prejudice.

         SO ORDERED.

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Notes:

[1] [Doc. 9, p. 7].

[2] Id.

[3] Id. at p. 8. Indeed, Plaintiff represents he intends to file a negligence claim in state court. [Doc. 14 ...


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