United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
H. Rambo United States District Judge
January 11, 2018, Plaintiff Kenneth Roshaun Reid
(“Plaintiff”), then proceeding pro se,
initiated the above-captioned case by filing a complaint
pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”),
for injuries suffered after contracting salmonella while he
was incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary in
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (“USP Lewisburg”). (Doc.
No. 1.) The Government conceded liability; accordingly, the
Court held a bench trial on November 4, 2019, regarding the
issue of damages. This Memorandum reflects the Court's
findings of fact and conclusions of law in accordance with
Rule 52(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
FINDINGS OF FACT
is a tort action against the United States of America
alleging negligence by employees of the Federal Bureau of
While incarcerated at USP Lewisburg, Plaintiff fell ill from
November 18, 2016 through November 28, 2016 as a result of a
Plaintiff experienced food poisoning symptoms such as
vomiting, abdominal pain, cramping, dizziness, chills, aches,
diarrhea, nausea, and headaches.
4. As a
result of his illness, Plaintiff was treated by the medical
staff at USP Lewisburg with liquids and metronidazole, an
antibiotic. Plaintiff was also required to provide a stool
sample to assist medical staff with diagnosing the cause of
Plaintiff was placed into a quarantine housing unit by
officials at USP Lewisburg on November 27, 2016. He was
released from quarantine on December 2, 2016.
is likely that Plaintiff's illness during this time was
caused by exposure to salmonella bacteria.
entirety of Plaintiff's illness lasted twelve (12)
United States of America has conceded its liability for
Plaintiff's illness and injury.
CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
Plaintiff filed the above-captioned case pursuant to the
FTCA, 28 U.S.C. § 2671 et seq.
FTCA authorizes inmates “to recover damages from the
United States Government for personal injuries sustained
during confinement in a federal prison, by reason of the
negligence of a government ...