Cases & Deals

California inmate appeals civil rights action

Clients California inmate

The Ninth Circuit appointed Jones Day to represent a California inmate who is suing prison officials for deliberate indifference to his post-surgical needs. Our client has experienced severe back problems since at least 2000, and he underwent invasive spinal surgery in 2007. His lawsuit alleges that, following surgery, prison officials deliberately ignored his serious medical needs by, among other things, refusing to provide appropriate medications and forcing him to walk long distances without a wheelchair, walker, or other ambulatory device.

After filing numerous administrative complaints and appeals, our client filed a pro se action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983, alleging that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The lower court refused to appoint counsel and granted summary judgment to the defendants.

On appeal, our client filed pro se briefs with the Ninth Circuit, challenging the failure to appoint counsel, various discovery rulings, and the summary judgment order. After the briefs were filed, the Ninth Circuit determined that appellate counsel should be appointed, and it named Jones Day as counsel and allowed replacement briefing.