Case Number: 2019-009820 (pending placement)


Plaintiff sues multiple defendants for events that took place while Plaintiff was incarcerated at the Nye County Jail in Pahrump, Nevada. Plaintiff alleges Plaintiff was taken into the custody of the Sheriff’s department. At that time, Plaintiff requested psychiatric medication because he was suffering from insomnia and he had been without it since his original arrest. Plaintiff’s request was denied. Plaintiff sat in isolation for over four months and was not treated with psychiatric services during that time, resulting in an incompetent ruling. Plaintiff was later given psychiatric medication, but was denied a second competency evaluation and forced to wait in custody for another six months to be transported back to a psychiatric institution to complete a ninety-day evaluation in eight business days. The Court interprets this claim as one for deliberate indifference. A pretrial detainee’s right to be free from punishment is grounded in the Due Process Clause, but courts borrow from Eighth Amendment jurisprudence when analyzing the rights of pretrial detainees. Plaintiff alleges after consistently taking his prescribed psychiatric medication for ten months, his prescription ran out. Plaintiff went downstairs to speak with the sergeants responsible for the jail’s operations. Plaintiff was grabbed by two sheriff’s deputies on each arm, pulled in separate directions, and shot in the stomach with a Taser. The Court interprets this allegation as one for excessive force. Plaintiff alleges Plaintiff was sent to disciplinary detention “after walking into a trap set by [the] Jail’s senior administration.” Plaintiff was unlawfully held in disciplinary lockdown for five months. Plaintiff alleges a due process violation. Plaintiff alleges Plaintiff’s psychiatric medications ran out again. Based on the allegations, Plaintiff was denied his psychiatric medication for a period of three days and forced to destabilize through “cold turkey cut off.” The Court finds that Plaintiff states a colorable deliberate indifference claim and will allow the claim to proceed against Defendants.

Case Number: 2019-009680


Plaintiff, who is incarcerated in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (“NDOC”), has submitted a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In the Complaint, Plaintiff sues multiple defendants for events that took place while Plaintiff was incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center (“LCC”). Plaintiff filed an emergency grievance about the pain he was in because he used a catheter to urinate. It was well-known that it was medically proper to use a numbing solution when using a catheter. Plaintiff had well-documented prostate problems.  The doctor refused to order lidocaine for Plaintiff to use with the catheter. Plaintiff was in pain for ten months. The Court finds that Plaintiff states a colorable deliberate indifference to serious medical needs claim.  It is further ordered that given the nature of the claim(s) that the Court has permitted to proceed, this action is stayed for 90 days to allow Plaintiff and Defendant(s) an opportunity to settle their dispute before the $350.00 filing fee is paid, an answer is filed, or the discovery process begins. During this 90-day stay period and until the Court lifts the stay, no other pleadings or papers may be filed in this case, and the parties will not engage in any discovery, nor are the parties required to respond to any paper filed in violation of the stay unless specifically ordered by the Court to do so. The Court will refer this case to the Court’s Inmate Early Mediation Program, and the Court will enter a subsequent order.

Case Number: 2020-002412


Plaintiff, who is in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (“NDOC”), has submitted a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  In the complaint, Plaintiff sues multiple defendants for events that took place while Plaintiff was incarcerated at Southern Desert Correctional Center (“SDCC”). Plaintiff alleges the following: Plaintiff is a disabled inmate. Doctors prescribed Plaintiff medication for Plaintiff’s blood pressure issues but the SDCC nurses refused to fulfill the doctors’ orders. As a result, Plaintiff suffered from migraine headaches, dizziness, nausea, kidney pains, painful indigestion, nerve complications, and spotted and blurred vision from blackouts.  Since January 2018, the medical staff has administered three blood tests to Plaintiff demonstrating kidney failure. The medical staff prescribed Lisinopril but it caused Plaintiff to suffer from dizziness, migraines, shortness of breath, chest pains, blurred vision, eye pains, and caused Plaintiff to blackout on February 26, 2018 and March 28, 2018. Id. at 7. The doctors also ordered SDCC nurses to monitor Plaintiff’s levels every week but the nurses ignored the doctors’ orders for over 60 days resulting in Plaintiff passing out.  The Court finds that Plaintiff states a colorable claim for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. Based on the allegations, Plaintiff has a blood pressure issue that the doctors have sought to treat and monitor. However, based on the allegations, the nurses have refused to carry out those orders which has resulted in Plaintiff suffering from symptoms that have caused him to blackout twice. This is sufficient to state a colorable claim on screening and will proceed. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that given the nature of the claim(s) that the Court has permitted to proceed, this action is stayed for 90 days to allow Plaintiff and Defendant(s) an opportunity to settle their dispute before the $350.00 filing fee is paid, an answer is filed, or the discovery process begins. During this 90-day stay period and until the Court lifts the stay, no other pleadings or papers may be filed in this case, and the parties may not engage in any discovery, nor are the parties required to respond to any paper filed in violation of the stay unless specifically ordered by the court to do so. The Court will refer this case to the Court’s Inmate Early Mediation Program, and the Court will enter a subsequent order.

Case Number: 2020-002401


Plaintiff, who is incarcerated in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (“NDOC”), has submitted a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In the Complaint, Plaintiff sues multiple defendants for events that took place while Plaintiff was incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center (“LCC”). Plaintiff filed an emergency grievance about the pain he was in because he used a catheter to urinate. It was well-known that it was medically proper to use a numbing solution when using a catheter. Plaintiff had well-documented prostate problems.  Dr. Adamson refused to order lidocaine for Plaintiff to use with the catheter. Plaintiff was in pain for ten months. The Court finds that Plaintiff states a colorable deliberate indifference to serious medical needs claim.  It is further ordered that given the nature of the claim(s) that the Court has permitted to proceed, this action is stayed for 90 days to allow Plaintiff and Defendant(s) an opportunity to settle their dispute before the $350.00 filing fee is paid, an answer is filed, or the discovery process begins. During this 90-day stay period and until the Court lifts the stay, no other pleadings or papers may be filed in this case, and the parties will not engage in any discovery, nor are the parties required to respond to any paper filed in violation of the stay unless specifically ordered by the Court to do so. The Court will refer this case to the Court’s Inmate Early Mediation Program, and the Court will enter a subsequent order.