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Ty Gellasch and former associate Richard Pianka Were Appointed to Represent Appellant

9 January 2008
Ty Gellasch and former associate Richard Pianka, in the Washington Office, are representing Angel Luis Rodriguez in his appeal of the dismissal of his § 1983 complaint against private medical providers and their staffs (Rodriguez v. Plymouth Ambulance Service, Docket No. 06-4260). While incarcerated in state prison, Mr. Rodriguez was taken by ambulance to two hospitals for medical treatment. While in their care, and despite his repeated pleas for medical attention, Mr. Rodriguez experienced serious and constant pain over the course of several days due to an improperly inserted IV needle, and from it contracted a drug-resistant infection. His appeal focuses on largely on: (1) whether private, off-site medical professionals acted under color of state law when Mr. Rodriguez's care was outsourced to them; and (2) whether the mistreatment Mr. Rodriguez alleges could constitute deliberate indifference to a serious medical need, which would violate his Eighth Amendment rights.

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