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From the Courts: Health Providers Granted Qualified Immunity, Prevail in Suits Alleging Deliberate Indifference  

Author:  Ken Kozlowski.

Source: Volume 21, Number 03, March/April 2020 , pp.46-48(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Our regular review of important appellate court decisions includes two lawsuits that ruled in favor of prison health providers. In Cleveland v. Bell, 938 F.3d 672 (5th Cir. Sept. 13, 2019), the Fifth Circuit ruled that a prison nurse was immune from a suite claiming she had ignored a dying inmate; in Knight v. Grossman, 942 F.3d 336 (7th Cir. Oct. 31, 2019), the appeals court affirmed the summary judgment, holding that Dr. Grossman had neither acted with deliberate indifference to inmate Knight’s serious medical needs, nor had he violated Knight’s due process right to informed consent when, during knee surgery, the doctor was compelled to choose a different course of action after discovering that the patient was suffering from a different condition than the one diagnosed.

Keywords: Qualified Immunity; Deliberate Indifference Doctrine

Affiliations:  1: Ohio Supreme Court Library.

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