U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms U.S. Southern District Court’s Grant of Summary Judgment in Correctional Medicine Case
The prisoner alleged that the physician failed to timely evaluate and treat the prisoner’s fractured knee, which caused him to sustain additional injury, pain, and suffering. On behalf of the physician, Bomar and Britt vigorously defended against these allegations, asserting that all care provided complied with and exceeded the applicable standard of care. Bomar and Britt filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the Southern District of Georgia, showing that Plaintiff’s claims fail as a matter of law. The Southern District of Georgia agreed, and granted the Motion for Summary Judgment. The plaintiff appealed the decision to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In a lengthy and detailed opinion, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the Southern District of Georgia to grant the physician’s Motion for Summary Judgment. In doing so, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals adopted and agreed with the arguments advanced by Bomar and Britt, finding that the evidence showed that the physician acted quickly, appropriately, and in compliance with the standard of care such that he could not have been deliberately indifferent as a matter of law.