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, Utah, for a free case review.

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.

We Can Fight for Your Family

The attorneys at our law firm have filed and handled more medical malpractice claims than anyone else in the state of Utah. We draw upon an extensive network of expert witnesses as well as our own case knowledge to prove nursing home negligence and abuse. Call (801) 335-6467 for your free consultation.

Do you need assistance in something other than English? We can help. Our multilingual nursing home abuse attorneys speak Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese.

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The Two Main Types Of Nursing Home Abuse

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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.

Almost $2 Million Won

In a Nursing Home Abuse Case

Our attorneys have repeatedly proven their ability to win major cases in court. The case described below is just one of our many seven-figure victories. 

A 57-year-old Utah man named Morley Reed Sprague was treated at a local hospital for sepsis and a urinary tract infection. He was already wheelchair-bound due to severe multiple sclerosis. This made him unable to change his own position, increasing his risk of developing ulcers and pressure sores. He was discharged from the hospital to the North Canyon Care Center. 

North Canyon Care Center was negligent in its treatment of Mr. Sprague, leading to a worsening of his existing pressure sores and the development of a new bedsore-like stage IV pressure ulcer. The facility then discharged him with a pressure wound that would never heal. Mr. Sprague suffered from this wound and ineffective medical interventions for it over a nearly two-year period before entering hospice care and passing away. 

His wife Cheryl came to our nursing home abuse lawyers so we could seek the compensation she deserved. Our team took her wrongful death case to court and emerged with a $1.83 million jury verdict.

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. 

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.

Failing to file your nursing home abuse lawsuit before your statute of limitations deadline likely means you forever forfeit the chance to receive compensation. Reaching out to our attorneys as soon as possible allows us to collect evidence while it is still fresh and meet your deadline.

Throughout this stressful and painful time, Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC 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, of counsel, and John Macfarlane.

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Examples of Nursing Home Abuse

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.

Deliberate Injury or Untreated Injuries

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.

Poor Hygiene & Bedsores

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 overmedication or the general 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.

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:

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, PLLC offers free, no-obligation consultations, so there's no drawback to learning what our firm and its resources can do for your case. 

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, UT, injury law office, 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.

If You See These Signs Reach Out to Our Proven Attorneys

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Physical Signs

Bedsores, unexplained bruising, a disheveled appearance, or sudden weight loss can all be major signs of physical nursing home abuse.

Emotional Signs

Emotional signs of nursing home abuse can include agitation, an inability to sleep, loss of enjoyment, or anxiety resulting in rocking back and forth. 

Our law firm has a vast track record in identifying hard-to-detect nursing home neglect. Even if these signs are not apparent but something isn't sitting right with you, you should call (801) 335-6467 or write to us so our knowledgeable team can investigate your case.

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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.

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Salt Lake City, UT


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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. The Christenson Family

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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 law office.

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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.

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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... we chose the right team and the result was what we all needed.

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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

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