Nevada  |  Civil Rights Law

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Asked on: 6/22/13, 12:05 pm

Scenario: A person gets a shoulder injury while in prison(rotator cuff and scapula tear, bone spurs in clavicle bone)that develops into a winged scapula (shoulder blade wings out the back), that could have been avoided if given proper physical therapy or treated with surgery sooner. The inmate goes 8 months with no adequate treatment to relieve his pain. He gets released on parole and finally gets to see a doctor, who says he needs surgery. Then a prison audit discovers that doctors working for the prison were only working half the hours they should have been! One can speculate that if the doctors at the prison were working the hours they should have been, the inmate might have been treated more timely (adequately). Is this a 1983 lawsuit? What amendment right did this violate, if any?

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