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15-415 - REAVES v. MARTIN

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15-415 - REAVES v. MARTIN
October 5, 2016
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Entry Granting Motion for Emergency Injunction - Plaintiff Douglas Reaves, an inmate at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 alleging that the defendant medical providers failed to properly diagnose and treat his foot pain. He moves for a preliminary injunction that would require medical staff send him to an off-site foot specialist to have a bone spur and spur fragment removed from his left foot. For the following reasons, Reaves's motion [dkt 35] is granted in part to the extent that the defendants are directed to refer Reaves to an outside specialist to evaluate his current condition. Reaves's motion for preliminary injunctive relief [dkt. 35] is granted to the extent that Dr. Byrd, or his designee with the authority to do so, shall refer Reaves to an outside orthopedic specialist to examine and evaluate Reaves's foot pain. The Court denies Reaves's request for specific surgery, and leaves whatever treatment, if any, is appropriate, to the determination of the specialist. The specialist shall be given a copy of this Entry. Dr. Byrd or his designee shall report not later than November 1, 2016, that the referral has been made and an appointment has been scheduled as promptly as reasonably possible, taking into account the specialist's schedule. The specialist's treatment plan shall be followed. (Se Entry.) Signed by Judge William T. Lawrence on 10/5/2016. (RSF)