BATON ROUGE – Inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola allege that they have waited years for doctor-recommended surgeries.
Earl Peters, Iddo Blackwell, Kevin Mathieu, et al. filed a complaint on Dec. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against Raman Sigh, John Bel Edwards, James M. LeBlanc, et al. alleging that they violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that as a result of defendants' actions, they have waited years for doctor-prescribed elective surgeries for cataracts or reducible hernias. They allege they have suffered pain, fear, difficulty to perform daily activities and blindness for long periods of time. The plaintiffs hold Sigh, Edwards, LeBlanc, et al responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to comply with their constitutional obligation to provide doctor-prescribed surgery.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek an order requiring defendants to terminate their practice of delaying doctor-recommended surgery, award for special and compensatory damages, attorney's fees and costs and such other relief. They are represented by John Adcock of the Law Office of John N. Adcock in New Orleans and William Most of Law Office of William Most in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:16-cv-00842