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Sanchez v. UBA

United States District Court, E.D. California

December 2, 2014

CARLOS SANCHEZ, JR., Plaintiff,
v.
L.V.N. UBA, et al., Defendants

Carlos Sanchez, Jr., Plaintiff, Pro se, CHOWCHILLA, CA.

ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT WITH LEAVE TO AMEND

Dennis L. Beck, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

THIRTY-DAY DEADLINE

Plaintiff Carlos Sanchez, Jr., (" Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff filed this action on December 4, 2013.[1] He names L.V.N. Uba and R.N. Whitten as Defendants.

A. SCREENING REQUIREMENT

The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the prisoner has raised claims that are legally " frivolous or malicious, " that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1), (2). " Notwithstanding any filing fee, or any portion thereof, that may have been paid, the court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that . . . the action or appeal . . . fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii).

A complaint must contain " a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief . . . ." Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(a)(2). Detailed factual allegations are not required, but " [t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice." Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 1949, 173 L.Ed.2d 868 (2009) (citing Bell A. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555, 127 S.Ct. 1955, 167 L.Ed.2d 929 (2007)). Plaintiff must set forth " sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to 'state a claim that is plausible on its face.'" Id. (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555). While factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id.

Section 1983 provides a cause of action for the violation of Plaintiff's constitutional or other federal rights by persons acting under color of state law. Nurre v. Whitehead, 580 F.3d 1087, 1092 (9th Cir 2009); Long v. County of Los Angeles, 442 F.3d 1178, 1185 (9th Cir. 2006); Jones v. Williams, 297 F.3d 930, 934 (9th Cir. 2002). Plaintiff's allegations must link the actions or omissions of each named defendant to a violation of his rights; there is no respondeat superior liability under section 1983. Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 676-77; Simmons v. Navajo County, Ariz., 609 F.3d 1011, 1020-21 (9th Cir. 2010); Ewing v. City of Stockton, 588 F.3d 1218, 1235 (9th Cir. 2009); Jones, 297 F.3d at 934. Plaintiff must present factual allegations sufficient to state a plausible claim for relief. Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678-79; Moss v. U.S. Secret Service, 572 F.3d 962, 969 (9th Cir. 2009). The mere possibility of misconduct falls short of meeting this plausibility standard. Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678; Moss, 572 F.3d at 969.

B. SUMMARY OF PLAINTIFF'S ALLEGATIONS

Plaintiff is currently housed at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, where the events giving rise to this action took place.

Plaintiff alleges the following. On September 22, 2013, Plaintiff injured his left hand and wrist while participating in yard activities. Plaintiff was in excruciating pain and presented to the medical clinic at Facility " D." He informed Defendants L.V.N. Uba and R.N. Whitten that he was in extreme pain and showed them his left hand and wrist which appeared swollen. Plaintiff requested medical treatment and something to help relieve the pain. Defendants Uba and Whitten told Plaintiff to return in the morning as there was nothing they could do for him right now. Plaintiff asked for pain relief medication. In response, Defendants Whitten and Uba wrote Plaintiff a pass to see the R.N. medical line the next morning. Defendants informed Plaintiff to just " report in the morning, that's when medication will be given to you if needed."

Plaintiff alleges he suffered pain and humiliation as a result of Defendants' failure to take action to relieve the pain. Plaintiff seeks declaratory relief and compensatory damages.

C. DISCUSSION

1. Eighth Amendment -- Deliberate Indifference to ...


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