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Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Nursing homes are supposed to care for our elderly loved ones.

However, due to negligence or intentional harm, they may instead cause pain, suffering, or even wrongful death.

If your family member has suffered nursing home abuse, contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane in Salt Lake City, UT, for a free consultation.

What Is Nursing Home Abuse?


Nursing home abuse is a specific kind of elder abuse that nursing home residents may face. Depending on the degree of that abuse, you may need assistance with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Both have varying amounts of time in which to file, so it's critical that you act now.

Statutes of Limitations for wrongful death in Utah is 2 years.
In Utah, most wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of the death, though the limit is only one year if the claim is filed against a government agency. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date the injury occurred. 

The Two Main Types Of Nursing Home Abuse


Many instances of nursing home abuse occur due to negligence on the part of nurses, healthcare assistants, and doctors when they breach the standard of care. The results of negligence can range from worsening injuries, like bedsores, to wrongful death.

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Deliberate Abuse

Deliberate abuse is an intentional action or pattern of actions designed to harm and intimidate. It can include physical and non-physical abuse, as well as sexual abuse. Because of the danger of harm or death, it may lead victims to remain silent, even if family members notice something suspicious.

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Examples of Nursing Home Abuse

If your family member has suffered abuse like this while in a nursing home, contact our Salt Lake City nursing home abuse lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation:

Physical Abuse

Tragically, some nursing home staff may cause physical harm to residents. Elder injuries are especially dangerous as older people may struggle to heal, have longer recovery times, or pass away from their injuries.


Lack of care can result in injuries and distress. It can also create an unsuitable or dangerous environment. Bedsores, untreated injuries, and unclean living conditions are some of the most common forms of nursing home neglect.

Sexual Abuse

Many elderly people may have trouble communicating or they may experience memory loss due to conditions like dementia. Tragically, this makes them vulnerable to sexual abuse from nursing home staff.

Wrongful Death

Sadly, nursing home residents may pass away due to the neglect and abuse they suffer at the hands of staff. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or malicious acts of caregivers, our nursing home abuse lawyers can help you seek justice and compensation.

Don't Let Time Run Out On a Nursing Home Lawsuit

The statute of limitations for nursing home abuse in Utah can vary dramatically. You may have just one year to file a nursing home lawsuit if your loved one experienced elder abuse in a home led by the government.

Throughout this stressful and painful time, Younker Hyde Macfarlane can help you and your family receive compensation. We can also fight to ensure that the responsible parties face consequences for their harmful actions.

Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get paid unless we obtain a settlement or jury award for your case. Contact our Salt Lake City office for your free consultation or call:


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From left to right: Attorneys Ashton Hyde, Norman Younker, and John Macfarlane.

Common Nursing Home Abuse Injuries

Due to age and other factors, nursing home injuries often have a significant impact on the victim's health, and in many instances can result in premature death. They may stem from neglect, abuse, or a combination of both.

Common injuries include:

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My wife and I wanted to thank Mr. Macfarlane and his staff for the time and energy his firm put into handling our lawsuit. This was a difficult case and at least two other attorneys did not want to deal with it.

The efforts and compassion shown by everyone at the firm were very much appreciated by both of us and I’m sure there was a lot of labor and effort behind the scenes by you and your excellent staff that we did not witness.

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I can't praise Younker Hyde Macfarlane enough. Their entire firm goes above and beyond for their clients. Norm, Ashton, and John work together and each have their own talents to make the best team.  I can't thank the paralegals enough as well. Melissa, Brittney, and BreAnne specifically stick out in my mind. I wasn't just another case to them, I was a person. I will recommend Younker Hyde Macfarlane to anyone and everyone that will listen. They have changed my life for the better and I owe them so much. They won my case for me and have brought me so much peace. Thank you. There aren't words to explain my gratitude.

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How Can Younker Hyde Macfarlane Establish That Nursing Home Abuse Has Occurred?

Medical professionals owe a duty to their patients and have a professional obligation to abide by a reasonable standard of care.

In any instance of potential malpractice, the defendant's actions will be weighed against what their peers would have done in the same position.

At our Salt Lake City law firm, we investigate our cases fully, consulting medical professionals and other experts to determine who is liable. If it can be shown that a party failed to abide by a reasonable standard of care and did not act in accordance with peer-accepted behavior, they may be considered liable for negligence.

Working With Experts

We work with medical and healthcare professionals to determine if the standard of care has been upheld and duties performed. Our network of witnesses in Utah and beyond can help us establish liability beyond doubt.

With more than 30 years of experience and a network of over 1,000 consultants, you can trust us to thoroughly evaluate your case, determine fault, and take appropriate action against the liable parties. Younker Hyde Macfarlane offers free, no-obligation consultations, so there's no drawback to learning what our firm and its resources can do for your case. 

Progressive Health Decline The Hidden Danger of Nursing Home Abuse

As we age, it can be common to lose motor function and memory. However, this progression can sometimes conceal the effects of nursing home abuse.

In the case of nursing home neglect, it can result in worsening illness or injuries that could have been resolved or alleviated with treatment. For intentional abuse, the expected effects of aging may also allow abusers to hide the truth of their crimes.

Additionally, nursing homes are required to have a doctor on staff, but in many cases, the doctor works on a contract basis and is not an employee of the nursing home or assisted living facility. They may also rely on unqualified or less-involved individuals, to disastrous results. This can lead to an avoidable progressive health decline.

During the Stress and Pain of a Wrongful Death Younker Hyde Macfarlane Can Help

Our loved ones are irreplaceable. Though a wrongful death lawsuit can never make up for the time lost with them, it can save lives in the future and give your family the means to cope with your loss. Younker Hyde Macfarlane can guide you through the process at our Salt Lake City office.

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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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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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