FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 15, 2006

Contact:
George F. Quintairos, Esq.
Managing Partner/Litigation
305-670-1101 Ext. 119
Email: gquintairos@qpwblaw.com
QPWB WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR CLIENT

TAMPA, FL – On January 5, 2006, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB) won a victory for its client, Prison Health Services, Inc. (PHS). The case was filed in federal court in the Middle District of Florida in the case of Sheppard v. Prison Health Services, Inc. PHS was under contract with The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to provide medical services to the county’s jail facilities.

The plaintiff, Daniel Sheppard, a detainee incarcerated in the Hillsborough County Jail, alleged cruel and unusual punishment, and that PHS infringed on his constitutional rights by the deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Plaintiff also claimed that it was customary or company policy for PHS to be unresponsive to inmates’ medical needs. Sheppard, a habitual drug user, had a history of not complying with required medical care for several pre-existing conditions. Additionally, a few weeks before he was arrested, Sheppard had failed to obtain the necessary intravenous antibiotic therapy as prescribed by a local hospital.

The court determined that the evidence of record did not support any of the plaintiff’s allegations. QPWB attorneys Christina Mesa and Brooke Chastain Juan filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of PHS on the basis that the allegations brought forth by the plaintiff were completely disputed by the evidence and applicable case law. Mesa and Juan suggested that there was no genuine issue for trial, which had been set to commence February 2006. PHS’s motion for summary judgment was granted by Judge Susan Bucklew on January 4, 2006 and Judgment for PHS was entered January 5, 2006.

About QPWB: Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. is a civil defense firm with a wide variety of litigation services for healthcare companies, healthcare facilities, physicians and other healthcare licensed professionals and their insurers. The firm’s Litigation Department also provides general liability defense for all businesses, insureds and insurance companies. Our practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys with the best expertise, regardless of location. QPWB maintains a tightly integrated network of seven fully staffed offices, six in Florida and one in Mississippi with attorneys licensed in several states.