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Young v. Management & Training Corporation Medical, LLC

United States District Court, N.D. Ohio, Western Division

January 2, 2020

Aaron E. Young, Plaintiff
v.
Management & Training Corporation Medical, LLC, et al., Defendants

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

          JEFFREY J. HELMICK, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Introduction

         Pro se Plaintiff Aaron E. Young, a prisoner currently incarcerated at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, filed this civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging deliberate indifference to his medical needs in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. He names as defendants Management & Training Corporation Medical, LLC, Management & Training Corporation, Dr. Stein, Unknown Sick Call Nurse, Unknown Medical Record Keeper, and Vickie Donahue. For the reasons stated below, I am dismissing the Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2)(B) and 1915A.

         Background

         At all relevant times, Plaintiff was incarcerated at the North Central Correctional Complex (NCCC). Plaintiff alleges that defendant Management & Training Corporation (MTC) manages the daily operations at NCCC, and that defendant Management & Training Corporation Medical, LLC (MTC Medical) is a subsidiary of MTS responsible for providing medical care to prisoners at NCCC. According to the Complaint, defendant Dr. Stein is employed by MTC and MTC Medical as a physician at NCCC, and defendant Vickie Donahue is employed by MTC and MTC Medical and is the Healthcare Administrator responsible for overseeing the medical department at NCCC. Plaintiff claims that defendants unknown nurse and unknown recordkeeper are also employed by MTC and MTC Medical. Plaintiff sues MTC and MTC Medical in their official capacities, and all other defendants in their individual capacities. (Doc. 1 at 2).

         Plaintiff asserts the following factual allegations. In 2014, while incarcerated at the Correctional Reception Center (CRC), he developed a small bump in the middle of his chest that a nurse at CRC diagnosed as a keloid. In March 2016, the keloid began to grow and became painful. Defendant unknown nurse told Plaintiff she would schedule him to be seen by a doctor, but he was not seen until December 2016 by Dr. Wilson, who recommended surgical removal. Plaintiff alleges that the delay in seeing a doctor occurred because the unknown nurse did not properly note in his medical file that an appointment should be scheduled.

         Later in December 2016, Dr. Wilson informed Plaintiff that her surgical recommendation was denied, and steroid injections were recommended instead. Plaintiff was to receive monthly injections beginning in January 2017, but he did not receive his first injection until March 2017, allegedly because the unknown record keeper failed to schedule an appointment. Plaintiff received a second injection in April 2017 and, after the second injection, the keloid reduced in size.

         Dr. Wilson resigned from her position and Plaintiff did not receive any further injections. Plaintiff alleges defendant Donahue stated that Dr. Wilson did not note in his file that Plaintiff was to receive monthly injections, but Plaintiff claims this is not true. Plaintiff states that because he did not receive further injections, the keloid began to swell and itch and was painful.

         Defendant Dr. Stein saw Plaintiff regarding the keloid in September 2017, and told Plaintiff that he would develop a treatment plan and prescribe pain medication. In November 2017, Dr. Stein informed Plaintiff that Stein and Donahue had determined that Plaintiff would not receive any further treatment for the keloid because a keloid is a cosmetic issue and Dr. Wilson should not have administered the steroid injections. Plaintiff informed Dr. Stein that the injections reduced the swelling and the keloid was painful, but Dr. Stein told Plaintiff he did not care and his word was final.

         Plaintiff alleges that the keloid is about two inches long on his chest, and causes pain when he is working out, playing sports, breathing heavily, or stretching, which has resulted in him becoming overweight. Plaintiff also claims that due to pain from the keloid, he sleeps sitting up in his bed or in a chair.

         Plaintiff claims that MTC and MTC Medical have an unconstitutional custom and policy of delaying and denying inmates medical treatment and maintaining inadequate medical records. Plaintiff also claims that MTC and MTC Medical have a custom and policy of failing to train and supervise employees to properly maintain medical records and schedule inmates for medical appointments. Lastly, Plaintiff alleges that defendants Stein and Donahue violated his constitutional rights by failing to carry out Dr. Wilson's treatment plan and to provide him with pain medication. (See Doc. 1 at 3-7).

         Plaintiff claims that he sought administrative remedies to no avail. Plaintiff seeks: (1) $50, 000.00 each in compensatory and punitive damages from the unknown defendants; (2) $250, 000.00 each in compensatory and punitive damages from defendants Stein and Donahue; and (3) $1, 000, 000.00 each in compensatory and punitive damages from MTC and MTC Medical. (Doc. 1 at 8).

         Standard of Review

         I am expressly authorized to dismiss any civil action filed by a prisoner seeking relief if I conclude that the Complaint is frivolous, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or if the Plaintiff seeks monetary relief from a Defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2)(b) and 1915A; Hill v. Lappin, 630 F.3d 468, 470-71 (6th Cir. 2010). A cause of action fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted when it lacks “plausibility in the Complaint.” Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 564 (2007). A pleading must ...


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