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Hospital Errors Attorney

In times of emergency, you should be able to trust hospitals and surgical facilities to uphold an effective standard of care.

Sadly, thousands of medical errors occur at hospitals and clinics every year, causing serious injury and in some cases, even death.

Our Utah firm takes action against those responsible for hospital errors and fights to get victims the compensation they deserve.

Were You or Someone You Love the Victim of a Hospital Error? Request a Free Consultation

The Utah firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane is determined to fight back against hospital errors and medical negligence. If you or someone you know has been the victim of hospital negligence, please contact our office in Salt Lake City today to schedule a free consultation.  You can reach us at:

(801) 335-6467

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This is the first time I have found it necessary to use a law firm, I was apprehensive because of all the stories I have heard about other law firms. When I took my wife’s wrongful death evidence, they were completely honest snd forthcoming, keeping me involved the complete time. It took 3 years, but they did an excellent job and basically did everything they said they would do. Their follow through and follow up has been the best. Thank you for your help through one of the toughest things I have ever gone through

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Younker-Hyde-McFarlane are the best there is! My wife needed a lower back spinal fusion that should have been relatively straightforward. She was seriously injured by a careless doctor incorrectly performing a non-traditional back surgery that she did not have the skill to perform. It left her with a paralyzed right leg and a drastic impact on the quality of our lives. We contacted Younker-Hyde-McFarlane to represent us in a medical malpractice suit. OMG, these guys are so impressive! They uncovered things about the surgery that we had no idea had happened. Their skills in arguing our case to an arbitration panel were extraordinary. We very highly recommend this fantastic team of legal experts!!

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Understanding Hospital Medical Errors


A medical error is a preventable mistake in your medical care that can lead to adverse effects. While medical errors can occur anywhere you receive treatment, mistakes that occur in operating rooms, intensive care units, and other hospital settings are often more likely to lead to severe consequences.

Common Types of Hospital Errors

Medical errors generally fall into two categories: errors of omission (the result of actions not taken) and errors of commission (the result of the wrong actions taken). These can take on numerous different forms in a hospital setting, such as:

Medication Errors

A medication error is a mistake in the dispensing, prescribing, or preparing of medications. These errors often occur at a hospital when a nurse or other health care professional makes a mistake in handling and administering medication.  It can result in a patient being given the wrong medication, an improper dosage, or a drug that leads to adverse effects.

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Surgical Errors

While any surgery inherently involves risk, those risks should not include incompetence or negligence on the part of medical professionals. Poor communication, improper work process, fatigue, and drug use all lead to avoidable mistakes during surgery. Types of surgical errors are wide-ranging and can include nerve damage, operating on the wrong body part, and leaving surgical equipment inside a patient.

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Errors in Diagnosis

Diagnostic errors refer to the failure to accurately diagnose a patient in a timely fashion and/or failure to communicate that diagnosis with a patient. Some examples include missing diagnoses by not ordering the proper tests, treating a patient for the wrong condition, or delaying a diagnosis causing disease to progress. According to a Harvard study, diagnostic errors make up approximately 17% of all hospital errors, leading to thousands of deaths every year.

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Delay in Treatment

Delay in treatment often overlaps with diagnostic errors. A delay in treatment medical error occurs when a medical professional fails to recognize a condition within a reasonable time frame, resulting in harm to a patient. For example, a delay in treatment for a cancer patient can be the difference between life and death. Treatment delays can also lead to serious birth injuries. Prolonged labor puts a child at higher risk and can lead to irreparable damage.

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Hospital-Acquired Infections

A hospital-acquired infection is an infection you received while getting care at a hospital or other health care facility. These can include urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, pneumonia, and more.  Medical professionals have the responsibility of limiting infections in hospitals where there is a higher risk of bacterial, fungal, and viral spread. Nevertheless, hospital-acquired infections affect an estimated 1.7 million patients a year, leading to a wide range of consequences.

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Administrative Errors

Hospital administrators are responsible for managing operations of the health care facility to ensure patient safety. In some cases, errors in hospital administration can cause significant harm to patients and constitute medical malpractice. For instance, lack of employee screening, inadequate training, staffing mismanagement, insufficient safety standards, and lack of security can all be grounds for a medical malpractice case.

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Equipment Failures

While medical technology has come a long way, hospital tools and equipment can still malfunction, leading to patient injury. Equipment failure may occur when a product does not meet certain safety and quality standards. In other cases, hospital equipment failure is caused by improper handling by medical professionals or incorrect maintenance by staff.

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Mistaken Patient Identity

Mistaken patient identity is a serious issue that can lead to all kinds of consequences. Most cases of mistaken identity at the hospital happen during the intake and registration process. When a patient is misidentified they can be given the wrong medication, wrong diagnosis, or even undergo the wrong treatment. This can not only result in serious physical harm but may lead to other financial damages due to errors in billing.

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Medical Errors Are a Serious Problem in the U.S.

Seeking Justice for Victims Throughout Utah

With the high volume of patients, taxing work hours, and chaotic atmosphere, a hospital is often a prime setting for medical errors. Unfortunately, these mistakes can lead to tragic life-altering injuries and even death.

Norman J. Younker, Ashton J. Hyde, and John Macfarlane have dedicated their careers to helping these victims who need it most. Our Salt Lake City firm works tirelessly on medical malpractice cases, helping clients with complex cases that other attorneys will not take on. Our track record includes numerous successful cases and millions in compensation for our clients. We are dedicated to our work and will fight for justice for you and your family.

Hospital Errors vs. Medical Malpractice

Not all hospital errors constitute medical malpractice. In order to be considered medical malpractice, we need to prove the following circumstances apply to your case:

Duty of Care

A medical malpractice claim must establish a doctor-patient relationship to show that the individual is owed a duty of care.

Failure to Meet Standard of Care

Every patient has the right to expect medical treatment consistent with the standards of the healthcare profession at large. If this standard is not met, then we can prove medical negligence.

Injury Was Caused by Negligence

It is not enough that a negligent act was committed. To have a valid medical malpractice claim, you must prove that an injury was a direct result of negligence.

Injury Resulted in Damages

Finally, your medical malpractice attorney must show the financial and non-financial losses incurred as a result of the injury.

Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

Proving medical malpractice in a hospital error case is no simple matter. That is especially true in the state of Utah, which has strict regulations on claims that often work in favor of defendants. It is rare that your claim will go unchallenged, and you can expect an uphill legal battle. To have a chance at a successful outcome, you need the help of medical malpractice attorney.

Our Salt Lake City firm has over 30 years of experience in medical malpractice case law. We have the specific knowledge and resources you need to take on medical corporations and insurance companies. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers will make sure your claim is taken seriously and your best interests are represented.

Speak to a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

If you are looking to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer about your legal options, you have come to the right place. Our team has experience in all kinds of medical malpractice cases, including birth injury, diagnostic failures, and wrongful death. We work hard and have earned our reputation as one of the leading medical malpractice firms not just in Salt Lake City, but in all of Utah. Get started by requesting a free consultation with our team today. You can reach us online, or by calling:

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We were referred to Yonker|Hide|Macfarlane because of medical malpractice that ended up taking the life of our child. Although there is nothing that can bring our son back, we found great emotional support and even hope at such a fragile time while working with them. We met with Mckay Corbett at first and he attentively listened for hours then John Macfarlane took over the case. He is a compassionate lawyer, who genuinely wanted to help bring justice and peace to us. He has good communication skills, with the ability to listen and respect our desires while still giving us the needed advice. He's also full of good judgment and managed to, with his many skills and perseverance, get us a fair and good settlement that gave us the sense of closure we were looking for, besides the fact that we felt at peace by knowing someone else (John Macfarlane and other members of their staff) also agree about the wrong that was done to our son and our family. I hereby recommend Yonker|Hide|Macfarlane without reservations.

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When we get along in years by necessity we must become dependent on others to keep us safe and well. We gave just such trust to one of our doctors who apparently did not take this obligation as seriously as we hoped for. His callous and flippant care caused us pain and fear. It caused me to struggle with the possible eminent passing of my wonderful wife. Thank goodness the doctors at the IMC emergency department responded so professionally and kindly. In addition to the emotional and physical problems our doctor’s actions caused, we were also confronted with thousands of medical bills. For some relief with this, we were referred by a good friend to the attorneys at Younker Hyde and MacFarlane. Our case was not large, but it was important to us. Just knowing that someone else thought we were wronged and went to bat for us was a blessing. They arranged a fair and equitable settlement for us. For this we are thankful. Despite the size, or lack thereof, they treated us professionally and with respect. I give them my unqualified endorsement and would consider it a privilege to refer and recommend them. David L. Aguirre, ChFC

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Determining Who Is at Fault

Doctors and surgeons are not always to blame for hospital negligence. Some mishaps occur because of administrative errors or deficiencies in training and hospital policies. Other times, nurses and other hospital staff act carelessly and are responsible for grave mistakes. It is your medical malpractice attorney's job to determine what parties are liable for the mistake that lead to your injury.

The team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane takes a thorough investigative approach to all our medical malpractice cases. We work with an extensive network of medical professionals and industry specialists, both in Utah and nationwide, to build evidence in your case and prove that medical negligence occurred.

Statute of Limitations in Utah

The medical malpractice statute of limitations is two years in the state of Utah. This means that individuals must file a personal injury suit by no more than two years from the date the injury was or should have been discovered. Wrongful death suits must be filed within two years of the date of death.

In cases where the injury takes time to be discovered, there is a maximum limit of four years from the date the injury occurred. Since time to file is limited, it is always best to speak to an attorney about your claim as soon as possible.

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I worked with John Macfarlane and his team in regards to my claim. My year old son was injured at daycare and there was an incident at the hospital where he received care as well. It was tough but once I contacted Younker Hyde Macfarlane, they all worked together to make this an easy process. What a relief! They were all great at responding back to my emails, phone calls, and answered any questions I had with complete transparency. They were all great!

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My mother used the services of Younker Hyde Macfarlane on behalf of my father who had previously passed away. Our case ultimately went to trial and I was very impressed with the way that we were represented. From day one, I could see the passion and persistence that the attorneys provided. They offered reassurance to both myself and my mother during what felt like some of the longest days of my life. I hope to never have to use an attorney again, however if I do, I will look to Younker Hyde Macfarlane to provide me with legal counsel.

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Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, our attorneys have decades of combined experience in complex cases. We represent clients in all types of personal injury cases, with a special focus on medical malpractice claims. Our firm is associated with the following professional organizations:

  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (801) 335-6467.

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