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Seventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Deliberate Indifference Claim

On July 14, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a grant of summary judgment for two doctors accused of deliberate indifference.

Greg Duckworth, an Illinois prisoner, sued two prison physicians after it was discovered that he had a cancerous tumor in his bladder. Both doctors treated Duckworth over the course of several years, but never believed Duckworth had cancer. It was not until a cytoscopy was done that the cancerous tumor was discovered.

The district court denied relief and the Seventh Circuit affirmed. No evidence was presented, the court held, showing either doctor “knew of and disregarded the risk of cancer.” See: Duckworth v. Ahmad, 532 F.3d 675 (7th Cir. 2008).

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