Jail Inmate’s Suit Nixed by Federal Judge

February 21, 2020

In Mercado v. Livingston County, U.S. District Court Judge Bruce granted summary judgment to a Livingston County jail superintendent and correctional officer, as well as a jail nurse, in a suit brought by a pretrial detainee over the adequacy of medical care he received at the jail. The inmate claimed that his abdominal pain complaints were ignored over a several month timespan. However, medical records refuted this claim. He was seen and treated by a nurse either immediately or within a day of his complaints. There was no evidence that the medical treatment he received was objectively unreasonable. Furthermore, the jail superintendent and officer were not personally involved in his medical complaints. The jail superintendent and officer were represented by HCB attorneys Mike Bersani and Elizabeth Bidwill.

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