Phillip Jackson Lyons, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Ron Angelone; Sherman Hatcher, Defendants-appellees, 50 F.3d 15 (9th Cir. 1995)Annotate this Case
Submitted Feb. 21, 1995. *Decided March 1, 1995
Before: SCHROEDER, CANBY, and LEAVY, Circuit Judges.
Phillip Jackson Lyons, a Nevada state prisoner, appeals pro se the district court's summary judgment in favor of defendant prison officials in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging that prison officials have ignored his serious medical need for a transfer to a prison in a warmer climate. Lyons contends that he has metal pins in his hips from a childhood injury which cause him pain in cold weather. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we affirm.
Our de novo review of the record indicates that prison officials have not denied, delayed or intentionally interfered with Lyons' medical treatment. Hutchinson v. United States, 838 F.2d 390, 394 (9th Cir. 1988). Instead, the evidence presented shows that Lyons disagrees with the diagnosis and medical care he has been provided by prison physicians and believes he should be moved to a warmer climate. A mere difference of opinion as to treatment, however, does not give rise to a constitutional claim for deliberate indifference. See Sanchez v. Vild, 891 F.2d 240, 242 (9th Cir. 1989). Therefore, the district court properly granted summary judgment in favor of defendants. Id.