Case Result: Jury Finds Prison Physician Assistant Not Liable for Deliberate Indifference to ‘Broken Hand Symptoms’

Areas of Law:
42 USC § 1983 — Deliberate Indifference
Correctional Healthcare

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

No cause of action as to our client, the physician assistant

A pro se prisoner alleged that our client, the physician assistant, was deliberately indifferent to “broken hand symptoms” when treating a bite wound on the prisoner’s hand.

The physician assistant saw the prisoner again at a later date, at which time the prisoner complained of ongoing pain. The physician assistant ordered an X-ray, which revealed a fracture. The physician assistant, an expert correctional medicine physician, and other witnesses testified to not seeing any sign of a fracture at the time of the initial visit.

Despite finding several nurses liable and entering a small judgment against them, a federal jury found in favor of the physician assistant and issued a No Cause of Action verdict.

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