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Knight v. Wiseman, 09-1435

In an inmate's 42 U.S.C. section 1983 claim against two correctional officers alleging violation of his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by requiring him to work despite a prior shoulder injury, summary judgment in favor of defendants is affirmed where: 1) the district court correctly concluded that, in the absence of evidence showing that the officers actually knew of plaintiff's shoulder injury before he reinjured it, it could not be reasonably inferred that the defendants exhibited deliberate indifference to any serious medical condition of the plaintiff when they made him work; 2) the district court correctly found that, even if the defendants knew of plaintiff's previous injury, such knowledge would not have raised a question of material fact as to whether they acted with deliberate indifference; and 3) evidence shows without any issue of material fact that the officers responded to plaintiff's injury as prudently as they could while maintaining proper safety procedures at the work site.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/22/2009
  • Published 12/22/2009



  • United States Seventh Circuit


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