Pro Bono Opportunity in case 4:18cv284

Thursday, January 30, 2020

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Sluder v. Amatucci, Case No. 4:18-cv-284-RH/MJF.

Plaintiff is a prisoner in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections alleging Eighth Amendment violations against five Defendants.

Plaintiff alleges that, in 1998, he was in a motor-vehicle accident and suffered a spinal-cord injury. He claims that prior to his incarceration, Plaintiff’s physicians had prescribed a regimen of medications—including Baclofen and Zanaflex—that reduced the residual symptoms of his injury. According to his complaint, after Plaintiff was incarcerated: (1) the Florida Department of Corrections failed to provide him treatment for weeks; (2) after those weeks had passed, the FDC provided “minimal and ineffective treatment” pending the receipt of Plaintiff’s medical records; (3) when the FDC eventually approved a Drug Exception Request (“DER”) for Baclofen, it prescribed a lower dosage than his pre-incarceration regime; (4) the DER for Zanaflex was never approved by medical directors; (5) after the FDC contracted with Centurion to provide medical services to inmates, Centurion physicians communicated an intent for Baclofen to be discontinued; and (6) a nurse that treated Plaintiff told him that there is “reason to believe instruction had come from the Centurion Medical Director not to use Baclofen due to its expense.” Further detail is provided in the complaint. (Doc. 4).

Public funds are not available for the payment of attorney’s fees. Fees may be recoverable under applicable law if Plaintiff ultimately prevails. See 42 U.S.C. §1988(b); World Outreach Conference Ctr. v. City of Chicago, 234 F. Supp. 3d 904 (N.D. Ill. 2017). Limited funds sometimes are available from the district’s Bench and Bar Fund for the payment of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by an attorney providing representation of this type.

Members of the district’s bar will be afforded access to the electronic docket without charge for the purpose of considering whether to undertake the representation. An attorney who wishes to provide representation may contact Plaintiff directly and may enter the case by filing a notice of appearance.3