United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division
RICHARDSON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
Jonah Jillson, an inmate currently confined at Hardeman
County Correctional Facility, filed this pro se
civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 regarding his
medical treatment at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center
(“TTCC” or “Trousdale Turner”), his
previous place of confinement. (Doc. No. 1 at 2-3.) He brings
this action against twelve defendants: Oshi Medlin, the TTCC
Health Services Administrator; Nurse Practitioner Cobb;
Nurses Clark, Murray, Carter, and Peterson; “John Doe
Nurse”; two “Jane Doe Nurses”; “John
Doe”; and two “John Doe Physicians.”
(Id. at 1, 3.) Plaintiff also filed an application
to proceed in this Court without prepaying fees and costs
(Doc. No. 8) and a motion to appoint counsel (Doc. No. 2).
For the following reasons, Plaintiff will be appointed
counsel and this action will be referred to the Magistrate
Judge for further proceedings.
Application to Proceed as a Pauper
Court may authorize a prisoner to file a civil suit without
prepaying the filing fee. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). Because
it appears from Plaintiff's in forma pauperis
application that he cannot pay the full filing fee in
advance, his application (Doc. No. 8) will be granted. The
$350.00 filing fee will be assessed as directed in the
accompanying Order. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).
the screening requirements of the Prison Litigation Reform
Act (“PLRA”), the Court must conduct an initial
review and dismiss the complaint if it is frivolous or
malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be
granted, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is
immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915A,
1915(e)(2)(B); 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(c)(1). The Court must
also construe a pro se complaint liberally, United States
v. Smotherman, 838 F.3d 736, 739 (6th Cir. 2016) (citing
Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007)), and
accept the factual allegations as true unless they are
entirely without credibility. See Thomas v. Eby, 481
F.3d 434, 437 (6th Cir. 2007) (citing Denton v.
Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992)).
alleges that he arrived at Trousdale Turner on April 2, 2018.
(Doc. No. 1 at 4.) During a medical screening at intake that
day, Plaintiff advised that he had a prescription to take 500
mg of Kepra, an anti-seizure medication, twice a day.
(Id.) Around 1:00 p.m. on April 2, Plaintiff was
taken to Building A, Pod C, Cell 116. (Id.) During
pill call that evening, Plaintiff told a female nurse that he
needed his medication, but he did not receive it.
morning pill call on April 3, Plaintiff again advised a nurse
that he needed his anti-seizure medication and explained that
he was “prone to suffer seizures without it, ”
but he did not receive the medication. (Id.)
Plaintiff started feeling unwell during the day on April 3,
and again advised a nurse during evening pill call that he
needed his medication. (Id.) He did not receive it,
so Plaintiff asked the nurse to “contact the provider
to verify that he in fact did have a prescription for
anti-seizure medication.” (Id.) He advised the
nurse that he would “definitely suffer from
seizures” if he did not receive the medication.
(Id.) The nurse did not return to his cell.
(Id.) Plaintiff then expressed his concerns about
not receiving his anti-seizure medication to an on-duty
officer and requested that the officer contact medical, but
the officer refused, stating that Plaintiff “did not
have a medical emergency.” (Id.)
April 4 through April 13, Plaintiff suffered either one or
two seizures every day, except for April 8. (Id. at
5-6.) Plaintiff provides the following details of this time
• April 4: one seizure; informed officer and two nurses
of seizure at morning pill call; did not receive medication;
request to go to medical denied.
• April 5: one seizure; did not receive medication; not
taken to medical.
• April 6: two seizures; informed officer and nurse of
pain in head and body; did not receive medication; request to
go to medical denied.
• April 7: one seizure; did not receive medication;
“[n]o medical code was called.”
• April 8: felt pain in head and body as a result of not
• April 9: one seizure; did not receive medication.
• April 10: two seizures; did not receive medication;
informed nurse at morning pill call of not receiving
medication, despite following TTCC sick call procedures and
asking staff; explained to nurse that he had been taking
prescribed dosage of Kepra “for a long time”;
medical staff told Plaintiff “that the provider for
TTCC medical has to get lab work done so that [he] can be
given anti-seizure medication.”
• April 11: two seizures; did not receive medication.
• April 12: two seizures; felt “great pain,
” including in joints, muscles, back, and head;
informed nurse that he urinated on himself; ...