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Officer Must Face Paralyzed Inmate’s Suit Over Medical Delay

Jan. 8, 2020, 7:46 PM

A Tennessee corrections officer doesn’t have qualified immunity from civil rights claims for allegedly causing a delay in medical care for an inmate who had a spinal abscess that led to temporary paralysis and incontinence, the Sixth Circuit said Jan. 8.

James Travis Adkins may pursue claims that Kyle Schubert violated his Eighth Amendment rights by being deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said.

Adkins’s constitutional right to receive adequate medical care given the symptoms he exhibited was clearly established, the court said.

Adkins was an inmate at the Morgan...

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