United States District Court, D. New Jersey
MCNULTY, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
William Johnson, is a state prisoner currently incarcerated
at Northern S;ate Prison in Newark, New Jersey. He is
proceeding pro se with a civil rights complaint
filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
time, this Court must screen the complaint pursuant to 28
U.S.C. §§ 1915((i)(2)(B) and 1915A to determine
whether it should be dismissed as frivolous or malicious, for
failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted or
because it seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is
immune from suit. For the following reasons, Mr.
Johnson's federal claims will be dismissed without
prejudice as they are time-barred. This Court declines to
exercise supplemental jurisdiction over Mr. Johnson's
state law claims. Furthermore, Mr. Johnson's motion for
the appointment of counsel will be denied without prejudice.
allegations of the complaint will be construed as true for
purposes of this screening Opinion. Mr. Johnson names a
plethora of defendants in this action; they are: (1) Deepa
Rajiv, MD; (2) Steven D. Wheeler; (3) Linda Coleman; (4)
Evelyne Tricarico; (5) Carolina Mangura; (6) Michelle
Borowski; (7) Susan Cicala; (8) Theresa Jocen Hernandez; (9)
Jimmy Dorcely; (10) Julie Gawendus; (11) Linda Marci; (12)
Sheila Osei; (13) Elyse Regis; (14) Gary Lanigan; and (15)
University Correctional Health Care.
Johnson's brings this action claiming that defendants
furnished inadequate medical care and treatment, and failed
to properly monitor his medical care and treatment. The
complaint alleges that Johnson went to the prison hospital at
Northern State Prison on November 22, 2015 because he was
dehydrated and had abnormally low blood pressure. He was
admitted to the prison hospital and placed on an I.V. By
November 25, 2015, Mr. Johnson's dehydration had subsided
and his blood pressure was back to normal. He alleges,
however, that the I.V. remained in his aim.
Johnson states that his arm began to swell up and turn black
and blue. He started to also feel sick and light headed, and
he faded in and out of consciousness.
December 1, 2015, with the I.V. still in his arm, an
infection developed. On December 4, 2015, blood was taken
from Mr. Johnson to determine if the infection was in his
blood and organs. On December 8, 2015, Mr. Johnson was given
an antibiotic I.V. to fight the infection. However, Mr.
Johnson was not informed that the infection had spread to his
blood and organs.
December 13, 2015, Mr. Johnson was taken to St. Francis
Medical Center where more blood was taken. On December 15,
2015, Mr. Johnson was checked for colon cancer and given a
blood transfusion. He was treated with antibiotics for the
infection on this date as well.
December 20, 2015, Mr. Johnson returned to Northern State
Prison. He was put on a strong dose of antibiotics. On
January 11, 2016, more blood was taken from Mr. Johnson. He
asserts that this was because the medical department had
overdosed him on antibiotics.
to Mr. Johnson, the medical department was worried about the
antibiotics' side effects which could cause kidney, lung
or other organ failure.
January 14, 2016, Mr. Johnson was taken back to St. Francis
Medical Center. While there, Mr. Johnson was informed that
the infection had spread to his organs, including his heart
January 18, 2016, a doctor came to visit Mr. Johnson and told
him that his blood work had come back normal with no traces
of the infection. On January 27, 2016, more blood was taken
from Mr. Johnson to test for the infection. On ...