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Medical Malpractice Lawyer 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, can help injured patients in Utah obtain compensation for damages.

Don't Fight Alone Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

A medical mistake can have tragic consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a doctor or surgeon's error or negligence, our Salt Lake City personal injury law firm can help. During a free case review, you can discuss a potential medical malpractice lawsuit to seek damages and hold the negligent healthcare provider accountable. Send us a message today or call our lawyers at:

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Medical Malpractice FAQs: What Clients Need to Know

Our medical malpractice attorneys in Salt Lake City make sure our clients are fully informed in matters regarding their cases. We'll make sure you understand the potential length of your case, how fault is determined, the strategies we'll use on your behalf, and the compensation you can recover, among many other factors. Watch as attorney John Macfarlane answers some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about medical malpractice cases.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

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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.

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

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

Our Salt Lake City lawyers take on more medical malpractice cases than anyone else in the state. We're not afraid to go to trial if needed.
Our Salt Lake City lawyers take on more medical malpractice cases than anyone else in the state. We're not afraid to go to trial if needed.

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 the recklessness or negligence of a healthcare provider.

Suffered Injury Due to Substandard Care

The medical 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 their 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:

Worsening Patient Condition

The patient's condition got worse while receiving medical care.

Improper Accounting of Medical History

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

Negligence in Diagnosis

The provider misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a medical condition.

Premature Release From Care

The hospital or doctor authorized the patient's release too early.

Delayed Treatment

The medical professional delayed administration of a necessary treatment or treatments.

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

Our Salt Lake City 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.

A Trusted Utah Team Request a Consultation With Our Attorneys

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. Our lead attorneys, Ashton J. Hyde and John Macfarlane, have achieved significant victories for victims in need, and are both admitted to the Utah State Bar.

To book a free 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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Attorneys Ashton Hyde (left), John Macfarlane (right), and Norm Younker (center), of counsel.

The Malpractice Lawyers Other Attorneys Trust

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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, who trust us to successfully handle clients' cases.

5-Star Google Reviews  from Medical Malpractice Clients


Gilbert Cisneros

Salt Lake City, UT


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Younker Hyde Macfarlane made it easier to navigate a difficult time in my life. They were professional and attentive to any questions that I had. McKay Corbett was the attorney that I primarily worked with. He explained things in a way that I could easily understand and was very personable. Younker Hyde Macfarlane made me feel like family and that I was being taken care of.

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Pete P

Salt Lake City, UT


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Great compassion and professionalism from John Macfarlane and everyone at YHM, in taking care of us with the medical malpractice claim. Took years (through the challenges and delays of Covid years), but we chose the right team and the result was what we all needed.

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How Long Does a Medical Malpractice Case Take?

Having served Salt Lake City, UT, in matters of medical malpractice for decades, the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC know that no two cases are the same. It takes time and investigative work for an attorney to prepare a case, and insurance companies will often want to drag out proceedings for as long as possible, which places the average case time at three years or more. If you're considering filing a medical malpractice claim, work with a team that is prepared to see your case through and stand by your side every step of the way.

Serving Communities Throughout Utah Malpractice Lawyers Based in Salt Lake County


Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is home to nine major hospitals in Utah, including the Huntsman Cancer Institute, LDS Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital (formerly Salt Lake Regional Medical Center), and the University of Utah Hospital. These nine medical facilities have more than 2,500 beds for patients throughout the area, helping them receive the medical care they need.

While many healthcare professionals at these facilities provide a high standard of care, accidents can happen. Whether a mistake or negligence occurs at a major hospital, a smaller medical facility, or clinic, it's crucial that you reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer to discuss legal options.

The personal injury law firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC can help injured patients and their families all over the Salt Lake City area. Our medical malpractice lawyers will help negotiate a favorable settlement and can take your medical malpractice lawsuit to trial if necessary.


West Valley City

The second-largest city in Utah, West Valley City is home to Holy Cross Hospital - Jordan Valley West (formerly Jordan Valley Medical Center - West Valley Campus). Opened in 1964 as Valley West Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital - Jordan Valley West has 102 licensed beds and provides general medical care, surgical services, emergency services, intensive care, cardiology, orthopedics, and maternity services.

Whether you received poor care at Holy Cross Hospital - Jordan Valley West or at a different medical facility in West Valley City, you can count on the medical malpractice lawyers of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC for help. The team at our personal injury law firm will use our years of insight to build a strong case for you and your loved ones.

During a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers, we can review the hardships you've faced because of your medical injury and discuss all of your legal options to hold the negligent party accountable.

More 5-Star Google Reviews "I can't thank this firm enough"


Sonya Ravitch

Salt Lake City, UT


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John Mcfarlane believes in fighting for what is right. I can’t thank this firm enough for the amazing work they’ve done, standing by my side for 7 years until justice was served. Amazing, warm and professional team that I highly recommend!

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Heather Christiansen

Salt Lake City, UT


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Ashton Hyde, thank you for your time. I appreciate everything you told me today and how this works. Very kind person and understanding. I can tell you are there to facilitate and help people.

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Worried About the Cost of Hiring a Lawyer? Contact Our Law Firm

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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 basis, meaning we don't get paid unless the client obtains a positive award. To arrange a consultation with our medical malpractice attorneys, contact us online or call us in Salt Lake City at:

(801) 335-6467

How Costs Are Calculated in Medical Malpractice Cases

Our medical malpractice attorneys in Salt Lake City, UT, work on contingency, which means you won't pay for our legal services unless we secure a successful outcome in your case. We believe victims should concentrate on healing instead of worrying about legal fees. Let us put our legal resources to use in your favor.

How Do Contingency Fees Work?

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Simply put, working on a contingency basis means that you don't pay a thing unless we win. Any payments to our attorneys will come from your award or settlement, allowing you to focus on recovery instead of legal fees while we prepare your case.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

Healthcare providers throughout the state of Utah 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. Our personal injury law firm in Salt Lake City can help.

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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, our team of Salt Lake City-based lawyers can help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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Medication Errors

If a doctor or nurse in the state of Utah 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.

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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 brain damage, allergic reactions, breathing issues, nerve damage, blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and death. Our Utah attorneys can help achieve justice when negligence causes tragedy.

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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 medical malpractice lawyers in Utah can help ensure the victim and family are justly compensated for lifetime care costs, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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Nursing Home Abuse

If a family member has suffered an injury in a Utah nursing home and it is suspected that it could have been prevented through diligent care, we encourage you to contact our Salt Lake City personal injury law firm. We can evaluate the case and determine if a medical malpractice claim would be appropriate.

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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 that often require ongoing medical treatment. In cases of catastrophic injury, our Utah legal team with more than three decades in practice can help.

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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. Our Utah attorneys can take on negligent pharmaceutical companies and corporations that put patients and consumers at risk.

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A $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.

One Client's Testimonial "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

Secure Dedicated Representation Contact Our Practice Today

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 book your appointment, contact us online or call us in Salt Lake City, Utah, at:

(801) 335-6467

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File a Lawsuit Before Time Runs Out
Statutes of Limitations in Utah

Medical malpractice claims must be filed in the state of Utah within 2 years

You Have Two Years to File a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you've been injured as a result of medical malpractice and want to file for compensation, you need to get in touch with an attorney as soon as you can. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Utah is generally just two years from the date of the injury, and it takes time to investigate a claim. Our team in Salt Lake City is ready to get to work on your case now so you have the best chance at securing compensation.

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.

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Putting You First Through Difficult Times "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

We Are Here to Help You Contact Our Practice

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 whether compensation may be due, contact us online or call us in Utah at:

(801) 335-6467

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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 members, 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.

Compassionate Representation for Our Clients "Helped bring closure to my family"

"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
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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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