Undiagnosed Abscess Resulted in Multiple Surgeries: Patient

Shimko v. Evans

The Legal Intelligencer


On June 17, 2013, plaintiff Joseph Michael Shimko, 17, was diagnosed with hemorrhoids at Geisinger-Kistler Clinic, in Wilkes-Barre. He had presented to the facility with bilateral knee pain and what he believed to be hemorrhoids-related symptoms. He was seen by a second-year resident, who, upon diagnosing him with hemorrhoids, prescribed a suppository (he was also diagnosed with bilateral patellar tendonitis). The physician told him to return for follow-up care if his symptoms did not improve.

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