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Allen Bodine Scott, by and through his Guardian, Michael J. Weintraub v. Dr. Ingre Rudolph Plante
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
691 F.2d 634 (1982)
Allen Bodine Scott (plaintiff) filed suit against Dr. Ingre Rudolph Plante (defendant) for failure to provide adequate treatment during his confinement. The case went back on appeal to the Third Circuit after the court affirmed the trial court’s instruction to the jury that the Fourteenth Amendment protected the right to adequate treatment. Applying the United States Supreme Court decision in Youngberg v. Romeo, the court determined that a jury could find that Scott had not received adequate treatment. Additionally, the jury could properly consider whether Scott was entitled to damages due to the subpar living conditions he was subjected to for the 24 years he was institutionalized, because there was evidence that the conditions were the result of a significant departure from professional judgment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gibbons, J.)
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