The Honorable Colin S. Bruce in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment on a federal civil rights lawsuit in favor of the Nursing Director of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department in Hamilton v. Harding Case No. 17-cv-2238 (C.D. Ill. February 11, 2019). Plaintiff, Carroll Hamilton a pre-trial detainee, alleged that his medical condition was deliberately ignored by the jail nurse. Hamilton, a type-2 diabetic, alleged that his medical condition worsened while at the facility due to a failure to adequately treat his diabetes.
While Hamilton was incarcerated at the Vermilion County Jail, he received regular blood-glucose monitoring, sliding-scale insulin, and oral medication. The jail nurse monitored Hamilton’s blood glucose levels through records of his finger-stick glucometer which were taken four times daily. Hamilton’s blood sugar levels improved throughout the duration of his detention in Vermilion County. Analyzing Hamilton’s claims under the lens of objective reasonableness, the Court found that the nurse adequately addressed Plaintiff’s medical needs in her care of his diabetes. Additionally, the Plaintiff failed to present evidence that her conduct was unreasonable. The Court entered summary judgment in favor of the Vermilion County nurse. The Defendant was represented by Michael Condon and Tony Fioretti.