Case Result: Inmate Sued Physicians for Failure to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Areas of Law:
Medical Malpractice
Correctional Healthcare

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; State of Michigan (3rd Circuit)

No Cause of Action

Case Result:
An inmate with multiple sclerosis claimed that the defendants collectively failed to comply with the applicable standards of care and conduct a thorough workup and/or referral to specialists for further review of his condition. The inmate further claimed the defendants breached their duties of reasonable care causing or exacerbating the inmate’s condition.

In a medical malpractice action, the plaintiff has the burden of proof that the defendants were professionally negligent, that the plaintiff sustained injury and damages, and that the defendant’s negligence or malpractice was the cause of such injury or damage. In this case, the plaintiff was unable to establish that injuries or damages were proximately caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of the defendant physicians. Medical records prior to incarceration included signs and symptoms of MS were present.

After six years of federal and state litigation, our client won in a three-day arbitration hearing with a No Cause of Action ruling on the state claim in February 2019. The federal claim was dismissed in 2017.

Ronald W. Chapman Sr.


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