Case Result: Withholding Information on Prisoner’s Hepatitis C Not Unnecessary Pain, Federal Court Rules​

Areas of Law:
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Correctional Healthcare

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

Dismissed on motion

Plaintiff asserted there was a serious need for his prison doctor to disclose the Hepatitis C infection to Plaintiff and other treating medical personnel as soon as that information became available. Plaintiff claimed that the doctor withheld the Hepatitis C diagnosis for over five months while other doctors prescribed medications contraindicated with the Hepatitis C infection. Plaintiff argued that the withholding of information violated his Eighth Amendment rights.

To succeed on his claim, the Court explained that the Plaintiff must establish that the doctor was so deliberately indifferent to his serious medical need that he “unnecessarily and wantonly inflicted pain.” 

Setting aside the issue of whether the doctor withheld information regarding Plaintiff’s Hepatitis C infection with deliberate indifference, the Plaintiff still failed to establish that the doctor’s withholding of information inflicted unnecessary pain. Further, once the doctor disclosed to Plaintiff and other treating medical personnel that Plaintiff was positive for Hepatitis C, nothing about Plaintiff’s condition or treatment changed, which showed any withheld information did not affect his treatment.

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