Summary Judgment Obtained in United States District Court
Lee C. Weatherly and D. Gary Lovell were successful in obtaining summary judgment in United States District Court for a private organization providing health care to a correctional institution in Lexington County, South Carolina. Plaintiff was the estate of an inmate at the Lexington County Detention Center who committed suicide by hanging in 2007. Following the inmate’s death, Plaintiff filed an action against, among others, the correctional healthcare organization pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. However, Lee argued that Plaintiff failed to bring forth any evidence that the private health care organization had a specific written or unwritten “policy or custom” that caused injury to the inmate, as is required to bring a cause of action against an organization under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Lee also argued that Plaintiff failed to set forth any specific allegations against the private health care organization which rose to the level of deliberate indifference to the inmate’s medical needs. The Judge found these arguments persuasive and ruled that the Plaintiff had failed to bring forth sufficient evidence to oppose the motion, dismissing the 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claim with prejudice. For more details on the case, contact Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary at email@example.com.