Fonck v. Riggot
Deliberate indifference to a serious medical need of an inmate, which can include delayed access to medical care and intentional interference with medical treatment, can violate the inmate's rights under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On April 8, 2012, the plaintiff inmate, Charles Fonck, allegedly overturned a cup of coffee and burned his arm. Officer Riggot allegedly refused to permit Fonck to go to the medical department and allegedly said, "Baby got a little burn." Fonck was allowed to go to the medical department about six-and-one-half hours afterward, when another corrections officer came on duty. A nurse observed first- and second-degree burns and a doctor prescribed a burn ointment and twice per day dressing changes for one week. Allegedly, a supervisory nurse discontinued the dressing changes after three days, and the burn began to fester. Fonck returned to the medical department and the twice per day dressing changes resumed. The plaintiff's complaint alleged that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to a serious medical need. The court ordered Riggot to file an answer or a motion to dismiss within 70 days. The court ordered Fonck to identify the Jane Doe supervisory nurse within 90 days.