Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are two types of medical malpractice that can have grave consequences.
If you or someone you love suffered losses due to a misdiagnosed medical condition, you need a misdiagnosis attorney by your side.
Our attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, in Salt Lake City, UT, help medical malpractice victims collect maximum restitution.
Medical Misdiagnosis Is Tragically Common
As reported in the peer-reviewed health care journal BMJ Quality & Safety, 12 million Americans receive a medical misdiagnosis each year. This staggering statistic shows that misdiagnosis is far too common.
If you have even a sneaking suspicion that you or your loved one has suffered due to medical misdiagnosis, you should speak to our attorneys. We can assess the viability of your potential case at absolutely no cost to you.
Legal Elements Our Lawyers Focus On
In a misdiagnosis claim, there are four legal elements that our Utah lawyers will focus on proving in court to tackle your medical malpractice case.
Why Choose Our Attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane?
Attorneys With a Reputation for Success
Our law firm has a track record of success in the field of medical malpractice. This is illustrated by the fact that our medical malpractice attorneys take most of our cases on referral from other firms. Our involvement in a misdiagnosis case lets the defense know they have a serious situation on their hands. We often attain significant pre-litigation settlements, which is exceedingly rare in medical malpractice cases.
Network of Experts
Winning a medical misdiagnosis case often requires the testimony of respected medical professionals who can show that misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose was an act of negligence. We have developed a strong network of medical experts from all over the country who we can call to review a misdiagnosis. Our medical consultants teach at universities and hospitals nationwide, routinely publish medical papers, and can provide us with the necessary tools to definitively establish liability in your case.
Your Case Is Too Important To Go It Alone
Our attorneys have more than five decades in practice combined, and we primarily handle medical malpractice cases. To ensure your case is handled by a professional at every step, we have a full team of nurses, paralegals, and attorneys.
Our Utah law firm has earned a reputation of willingness to undertake complex cases that other firms will not. In fact, nearly three-quarters of our clients are referred to us by other law firms. You can enhance your chances of a just outcome when you hire our misdiagnosis and personal injury attorneys. Contact us today to request a free consultation.
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John and his amazing team did everything in their power to make sure I got everything I deserved! They are also continuing to help me. I highly recommend this law firm.
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.
What Can Be Misdiagnosed?
Time is of the essence when it comes to diagnosing cancer. Medical malpractice involving cancer diagnoses often occurs when the symptoms are attributed to another (often benign) disease. Our Salt Lake City lawyers represent clients affected by misdiagnosis of or failure to diagnose cancer.
There are many cases in which patients go to the ER complaining of chest pain, but leave after being treated for gastrointestinal problems (if they’re treated at all). There are similarities between the symptoms of intestinal issues and heart attacks, and a misdiagnosis can prove deadly.
Broken bones that are not set, or set incorrectly, can cause debilitating pain and disability, requiring extensive treatment down the road. Our personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers have the expertise necessary to build a compelling and factual case on your behalf, helping you to secure the compensation you deserve.
A Misdiagnosis Can Lead to Tragedy
A misdiagnosis can make your medical condition life-threatening due to:
If you or your loved one has been misdiagnosed, they are most likely not receiving the treatment that will heal their condition. This can lead to worse symptoms, surgery, and more serious physical health issues.
A misdiagnosis can result in the correct treatment being delayed. In many medical cases, the timing of receiving treatment is crucial because the condition may eventually become terminal if not treated in time.
A misdiagnosis can lead to your doctor prescribing no treatment at all. This can result in worse symptoms and can cause the patient to be sick for a prolonged period or eventually lose their life.
We Achieve Many Major Verdicts & Settlements
Our attorneys have won millions upon millions of dollars for Utah’s victims of medical malpractice. Our seven-figure victories have come in the form of arbitration awards, settlements, and when necessary, jury verdicts.
Our Noteworthy Wins Include Misdiagnosis Cases
Knowing you are retaining attorneys who have proven their ability to win misdiagnosis cases can provide true peace of mind.
One of our notable misdiagnose cases was won on behalf of the family of a Utah Transit Authority employee who passed away after two separate misdiagnoses at the same medical clinic.
After his passing, the man’s grieving family came to our law firm. Our attorneys determined that the clinic repeatedly overlooked clear signs of serious cardiac problems, specifically symptoms of aortic dissection. They misdiagnosed the man as suffering from abdominal pain and constipation instead of sending him to the emergency room.
Despite their egregious and lethal failure, the defense rejected our $1 million settlement offer. Our attorneys took the case to court. Over an 8-day civil trial, we successfully persuaded the jury that the negligent medical clinic was at fault for the man’s passing. This resulted in a $2.9 million jury verdict for his family.
Victims Can Be Compensated Even If They Were Partially At Fault
In the case described above, the jury decided that the deceased was 30% responsible for his death because he could have gone to the emergency room on his own volition. Despite this determination, his family was able to receive the compensation they deserved. This was possible because Utah is a modified comparative negligence state.
Modified comparative negligence means that the victim’s behavior did not need to be perfect for damages to be received. In fact, the victim can be accountable for a significant portion of their harm and still receive compensation. The key factor that must be proven is whether or not the defendant was more responsible for the suffering caused than the victim.
Proving proportionate responsibility is complex. In many cases, juries are overly sympathetic to the difficult task of being a doctor. The complexity of misdiagnosis cases makes it all the more important to retain lawyers like ours with deep medical knowledge. Call or write to us to discuss your potential case.
We Earn Many Great Reviews From Utah "Attorneys who will fight for your case like it’s their own family."
My family had the pleasure of working with this firm following a tragic event. The firm was very good about answering our questions and explaining the process. Attorneys John Macfarlane and Mckay Corbett were empathetic and fought hard for our case. The paralegal Jill Bedford was also a true joy to work with. I recommend this firm to anyone who needs attorneys who will fight for your case like it’s their own family.View on Google
Great compassion and professionalism from John Macfarlane and everyone at YHM, in taking care of us with the medical malpractice claim... we chose the right team and the result was what we all needed.View on Google
Our Lawyers Can Be the Support System You Need
Our Attorneys Truly Stand Out
Our law firm is home to seven distinguished attorneys.
Ashton Hyde graduated with the highest honors possible from the prestigious University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and John Macfarlane graduated second in his class from the same respected law school. Norman J. Younker, of counsel, spent the better part of four decades winning millions for medical malpractice victims in our state.
The partners at our firm are supported by several younger lawyers who earned notable legal externships and academic awards. McKay Corbett has a special focus in complex medical malpractice. Attorney Matthew Purcell has an extensive background as a defense lawyer that gives us critically important insight into what strategies are likely to be used against our clients – and how to take these strategies apart.
"I can't say enough good things about this firm." Truly Grateful For Our Clients' Praise
Younker Hyde Macfarlane, I can't say enough good things about this firm... They kept us informed on every little thing they did and every decision that was made. This law firm was not about the money they were going to make off of us, but the concern they had for the death of our mother. Younker Hyde Macfarlane, they got justice for my mom, some healing for us knowing that the negligence was not going to go unnoticed, monetary or otherwise. Thanks again for all you did for us.View on Google
I am so grateful for this law firm!! They worked hard and got justice for my son’s wrongful death!! They were quick and swift in bringing closure to me and my family. Ashton Hyde was awesome!! I believe he did everything he could for us!! I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for me!!View on Google
We Have Invested In a First-Rate Staff
Younker Hyde Macfarlane makes every effort to protect our Utah clients’ rights. This includes investing in an invaluable in-house staff of paralegals and nurses. Their extensive medical knowledge helps us prove misdiagnosis and select the right medical professionals to serve as expert witnesses for each case.
Our Misdiagnosis Lawyers Speak Many Languages
Dealing with a medical misdiagnosis case is made more complex if there are language barriers. Even if your English is perfect, the ability to speak to your lawyer in you and your family’s preferred language can make you feel more comfortable and confident in the proceedings.
Our team includes attorneys who speak Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese. Our Salt Lake City law firm takes pride in representing Utah clients of diverse backgrounds. Reach out to us to receive proven representation in your language.
Other Forms of Medical Malpractice Our Firm Takes On
Why the Salt Lake City Area Trusts Us With Their Misdiagnosis Cases
... 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 throughView On Google
The firm was a pleasure to work with, very professional, responsive and really helped us through the process. This was a first time experience for us and they really set us at easy through entire process and help us reach an agreeable settlement. We would highly recommend Yonker Hyde Macfarlane. PLLC.View On Google