Case: Crooks v. Nix

4:85-cv-00364 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

Filed Date: May 6, 1985

Closed Date: 1989

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Case Summary

On May 6, 1985, an individual inmate suffering from leukemia filed a pro se Section 1983 complaint against the Warden of the Iowa State Penitentiary, the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, and The Iowa City Medical Center in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Plaintiff alleged that defendants demonstrated deliberate indifference to his medical needs when they denied him a bone marrow transplant and failed to give him adequate pain medication. The …

On May 6, 1985, an individual inmate suffering from leukemia filed a pro se Section 1983 complaint against the Warden of the Iowa State Penitentiary, the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, and The Iowa City Medical Center in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Plaintiff alleged that defendants demonstrated deliberate indifference to his medical needs when they denied him a bone marrow transplant and failed to give him adequate pain medication.

The District Court (Judge Charles R. Wolle) granted defendants' motion for summary judgment, and plaintiff subsequently appealed.

On April 10, 1989, the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Judges Donald P. Lay, Theodore McMillian, and Roger L. Wollman) affirmed in part and reversed in part. Crooks v. Nix, 872 F.2d 800 (8th Cir. 1989). Writing for the court, Judge Lay affirmed the District Court's dismissal of plaintiff's claim of deliberate indifference based on his need for a bone marrow transplant. The court reversed and remanded plaintiff's claim based on inadequate pain medication, holding that material questions of fact precluded entry of summary judgment for defendants.

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Summary Authors

Chris Sullivan (8/2/2005)

People


Judge(s)

Lay, Donald Pomery (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Berregaard, Suzie A. (Iowa)

Nelson, Steven L. (Iowa)

Judge(s)

Lay, Donald Pomery (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Berregaard, Suzie A. (Iowa)

Nelson, Steven L. (Iowa)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

88-01461

Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

872 F.2d 800, 1989 U.S.App.LEXIS 4799

April 10, 1989

April 10, 1989

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Iowa

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 6, 1985

Closing Date: 1989

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmate suffering from granulocytic leukemia alleging improper denial of pain medication and necessary treatment

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Iowa State Penitentiary, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1985 - 1989

Issues

Discrimination-area:

Medical Exam / Inquiry

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Medication, administration of

Untreated pain

Type of Facility:

Government-run