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Medical Malpractice Attorney Utah

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit can be a complex endeavor, but injured patients have the right to seek justice in these cases.

Our attorneys work to establish negligence and hold appropriate health care professionals and institutions accountable for their actions.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, in Utah, can help injured patients obtain compensation for damages.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical professionals have a duty to abide by a reasonable standard of care. If a medical error occurs and it can be shown that a healthcare professional or institution acted in a manner that falls short of the standards adhered to by his or her peers, it may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. In such cases, the liable party, as well as his or her employer, may be held accountable for damages relating to the financial and non-financial losses of the victim.

How Common Is Medical Malpractice?

*According to a John Hopkins University study reported in 2016, which analyzed eight years of data.

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

From a legal perspective, patients may have a case if they:

Had an Established Doctor-Patient Relationship

The doctor or institution must be legally required to provide the patient with medical care.

Received Negligent Care

A breach of duty of care may occur due to reckless or negligent behavior of a healthcare provider.

Suffering Injury Due to Substandard Care

The healthcare professional's failure to provide sufficient medical care must have directly caused injury.

Suffered Economic and Non-economic Losses

The injury must have resulted in more significant injuries, medical bills, lost wages, or emotional distress.

Signs that Medical Malpractice Occurred

Our medical malpractice attorneys in Utah understand that it can be difficult for the average patient and loved ones to know if medical malpractice occurred. We want to make sure that injured patients are prepared to recognize the signs of medical malpractice so they can seek justice and compensation. Sadly, as we see all too often, it often falls upon patients to police the healthcare system and providers. Some signs to look out for include:

The patient's condition got worse while receiving medical care

The physician didn't ask about or consider pre-existing conditions, family medical history, or medications the patient was currently taking

The provider misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a medical condition

The patient was released from the hospital prematurely

Necessary treatment was delayed

$2,900,000 Verdict in a
Medical Malpractice Case

Our Utah firm obtained a $2.9 million award in a case involving a man who went to a health clinic on two occasions, a week apart, complaining of heart pain that spread to his abdomen. During both visits, the Physician's Assistant misdiagnosed the condition and failed to order cardiac tests. Four days after his second visit to the clinic, the victim died of aortic dissection.

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At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, based in Salt Lake City, we primarily handle medical malpractice cases. In fact, we file more medical malpractice cases in the state than any other law firm in Utah. Together, our lead attorneys, Norm Younker, Ashton J. Hyde, and John Macfarlane, have decades of combined experience and they are all admitted to the Utah State Bar.

To schedule a consultation with our medical malpractice lawyers, contact us online or call us in Salt Lake City, UT, at:

(801) 335-6467

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Our Clients Should Know We Have a High Referral Rate

We are proud that we have earned a reputation as some of the most respected medical malpractice attorneys in the state of Utah. Most of our cases are referred to us by other law firms, specifically other personal injury attorneys, that trust us to successfully handle clients' cases.

5-Star Google Reviews from Medical Malpractice Clients

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Ingrid Pimentel

2020

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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 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.

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T&J Oksa

2019

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When my twin brother passed away unexpectedly I found myself in a pretty bad place. Since I was out of State I didn't know who to ask for help.  I needed to find someone and luckily I found Younker, Hyde & Macfarlane.   John Macfarlane and all of the other staff and legal assistants at the office were great. It took time but they were able to find answers and to get to a settlement that worked.  I would recommend to anyone that happens to need Medical Malpractice Attorneys to contact them as they treat you right and do the work to get the answers. It's nice when everything is done you can say "Thank you" and rest knowing that they did everything they could do.

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"Very Professional and Easy to Work With" More 5-star Google Reviews

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Tony Wojcik

2019

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Mr Macfarlane contacted us today about our pending medical malpractice lawsuit.  His pleasant and easy manner in discussing the case was a nice surprise.  He explained our case in easy layman terms.  I highly recommend this firm for any legal matters that anyone has in the future.

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Shanna Garso

2020

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Thank you so much Younker Hyde Macfarlane!
The attorneys (John, Ricky) and support staff (Brittany) et. al. were very professional and easy to work with. Their care and attention to the details of my case helped me during this challenging time of my life. I would absolutely recommend this law firm to anyone needing help.

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Worried about the Cost of Hiring a Lawyer?
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We offer free, no-obligation consultations so we can discuss the terms of the case and provide clients with legal guidance on how to proceed. If we take on the case, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don't get paid unless client obtains a positive award. To schedule a consultation with our medical malpractice attorneys, contact us online or call us in Utah at:

(801) 335-6467

How Do Contingency Fees Work?

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Types of Medical Malpractice

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

Healthcare providers should order the appropriate testing based on the patient's symptoms and family history. If providers fail to order tests or misinterpret the results, this can result in a delay in treatment, treatment of the wrong condition, and other medical care that can result in serious injury or death.

Failure to Diagnose

Surgical Errors

Any surgical error, regardless of how minor the mistake may seem, can have severe consequences. If a patient has suffered pain and deteriorating health due to a surgical mistake or a loved one has been killed due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, allow us to help.

Surgical Errors

Medication Errors

If a doctor or nurse misdiagnoses an illness or fails to diagnose an illness or injury, it may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. However, to file a claim successfully in the event of an incorrect prescription, incorrect dosage, or other medication errors, it must be shown that a liable party failed to abide by a reasonable standard of care.

Medication Errors
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Anesthesia Complications

Anesthesia complications may involve administering the wrong dosage or even the wrong type of medication to patients; this can result in patients getting too much medication or not getting enough, the latter of which can result in anesthesia awareness. Anesthesia complications can also involve the failure to properly monitor the patient's vital signs. This type of medical negligence can result in serious injuries, including brain damage, allergic reactions, breathing issues, nerve damage, blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and death.

Birth Injury

A birth injury can have a permanent impact on a child's life. Many birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy, result in lifelong disability. Our lawyers in Utah can help ensure the victim and family are justly compensated for lifetime care costs, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Birth Injury

Nursing Home Abuse

If a family member has suffered an injury in a nursing home and it is suspected that it could have been prevented through diligent care, we encourage contacting us today. We can evaluate the case and determine if a medical malpractice claim would be appropriate in the case.

Nursing Home Abuse

Catastrophic Injuries

Medical malpractice can result in injuries that are life-altering and affect a patient's entire family. Catastrophic injuries refer to permanent conditions and disabilities which often require ongoing medical treatment. In cases of catastrophic injury, our experienced legal team can help.

Catastrophic Injuries

Defective Drugs

A dangerous or defective drug can cause severe injury and even death. If a patient has suffered illness or injury due to a dangerous drug, we can evaluate the case and provide the legal counsel needed to make informed decisions.

Defective Drugs

$2,000,000 Medical Malpractice Award 

Our Salt Lake City attorneys helped the surviving spouse and children of  an individual with MS obtain a $2 million award. The insurance company for the defense came back to negotiate the verdict, and the case went through the court of appeals where the original ruling was upheld.

"Perseverance and Dedication"

"I first visited the firm completely exhausted, emotional, and seeking justice after having been through a mother's worst nightmare. Mr. Younker met with me and reassured me that they will do everything they could to bring about awareness and justice. Although they could not undue what was medically done, he set us up to succeed by putting us in good hands with Mr. MacFarlane. Mr. MacFarlane took the lead, battled it out and WON!!!! The perseverance and dedication shown during those three years will never be forgotten." Nina Patterson

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Our lawyers will investigate all aspects of the claim to determine if a single person or party is liable for the injuries. Count on us to handle all of the legal work so the focus can remain on healing and recovery. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us in Utah at:

(801) 335-6467

File a Lawsuit Before Time Runs Out
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Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death

Tragically, some cases of medical malpractice result in the death of the patient. In these circumstances, close family members of the victim have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Immediate family members such as spouses, life partners, children, adopted children, and any other dependents have priority in wrongful death suits. If no immediate family members or financial dependents exist, extended family such as parents, adult children, and other dependents may be eligible to file suit. State law requires eligible family members to file suit within two years of the date of death.

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, an estimated 210,000 deaths per year were associated with preventable harm in hospitals in the United States. But due to incomplete medical records, experts believe the true number is more than 400,000 deaths every year from preventable medical errors.

"Helped Us Receive Peace of Mind"

"Very helpful and excellent staff and lawyers. Helped us receive peace of mind and helped settle our case with our young son that passed away. Without them we wouldn't have some of the closure that we now have. John was excellent and always answered our questions and was available when we needed him." Kevin Boren

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The team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane is committed to obtaining the best possible settlements and verdicts for our clients. To find out if the case is valid and compensation may be due, contact us online or call us in Utah at:

(801) 335-6467

Medical Malpractice FAQs

When patients or their loved ones have been injured at the hands of a medical professional, they may feel confused and unsure where to turn. Our attorneys understand victims have questions, and we are ready to address our clients' concerns.

Do I Have the Right to File a Lawsuit?

Clients often come to our Salt Lake City office feeling guilty for considering a lawsuit. We want our clients to know up front that there is nothing wrong with investigating if negligent care contributed to injuries. The standard of care for medical professionals is set to protect patients.

Why Should I File a Lawsuit?

In addition to achieving compensation for the loss or injury suffered by patients and their family member, pursuing medical malpractice lawsuits can help prevent careless mistakes from happening again. Those to blame for the suffering should be held accountable and kept from harming other patients in the future.

Do I Have a Valid Case?

When clients choose Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, we use the very best resources to conduct a thorough investigation. We can conduct an in-depth analysis and thorough investigation of the care received to determine whether negligence was the cause of any injuries sustained. If we are satisfied that we can prove medical mistakes were made, we will pursue the case.

How Much Does It Cost?

Coming to us for help will not cost anything unless we choose to take the case. If we believe that malpractice occurred, and we continue with the case, there will be no charges until we secure compensation at the end of the case. If our clients have any questions about the cost of representation, we would be happy to address them during a consultation.

Is Filing a Lawsuit a Stressful Process?

Asking the team at our Utah firm to investigate the case will not cause undue emotional trauma. Almost all of the work on the case is done in our office, and if our clients choose, we will only bring up significant developments. We do not expect our clients to spend excess time or emotional energy on the case.

Can Victims Focus on Recovery?

We do not expect victims or their loved ones to spend time on the legal aspects of the case. Instead, focus on recovery while we pursue the case. Many clients express concern that filing a lawsuit will become a stressful burden. After dealing with the stress of an injury, disease, or the death of a loved one, more stress is the last thing we want our clients to endure. That is why we handle the entire case from start to finish.

"Thank You for Their Dedication and Tenacity"

"These men were very respectful and empathetic to my family after the loss of my 15 year old daughter. Younker, Hyde and Macfarlane helped bring closure for my family.  Thank you for their dedication and tenacity." Shawn Troumbley

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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"They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family."

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