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Surgical Errors Lawyer

Surgical errors can turn routine surgeries into tragic events with life-changing, permanent consequences. 

If a medical professional's negligence resulted in injury, disfigurement, or disability, our law firm can fight for financial justice.

After a surgical error, Younker Hyde Macfarlane in Utah can help ensure your legal rights are protected. 

Common Surgical Errors That Can Result in Medical Malpractice Cases

All surgeries carry risk, but through due diligence and experience, surgical errors should be prevented. When surgical errors do occur, it may indicate a medical malpractice claim against the involved parties.

Wrong Operation

Sometimes medical malpractice is committed when a surgical procedure is performed on the wrong part of the body. Common examples include surgical procedures on the wrong limb, kidney, hernia side, or organ. 


Another avoidable case of malpractice occurs when a surgeon pierces or clips eardrums, bowels, intestines, or organs. When a body part is cut that should have remained untouched, it may indicate medical malpractice. 

Egregious Oversight

Medical professionals can commit medical malpractice through carelessness. For example, they might leave a foreign object inside the body, send a patient home too early, make anesthesia errors, or fail to detect bleeding or infection.

Seeking Compensation for Damages Our Surgical Error Attorneys Fight for Your Financial Recovery

The emotional, physical, and financial costs of surgical errors can be overwhelming. For this reason, our Salt Lake City team of medical malpractice attorneys will work diligently to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for you and your family.

In cases involving surgical errors, damages are usually awarded for:

Subsequent surgeries necessitated by the original error

Future related medical costs for aftercare, complications, and continuing treatment

Lifetime care costs, should the surgical error leave the victim dependent on others

Loss of past wages due to hospital stays, operations, and physical harm

Loss of future wages due to diminished earning capacity or an inability to work

Intangibles such as emotional and physical pain and suffering

It may also be possible to file for punitive damages, which are awarded to punish the liable parties for their recklessness.

Attorneys Who Can Help You Recover Financial Compensation and Your Quality of Life

Surgical errors can lead to severe health complications. Oftentimes, their harm to your life goes beyond physical injury. The ramifications of a surgical error can include financial loss, emotional trauma, and suffering for the entire family. If you are enduring a surgical error and its complications, know that it was not your fault and that the Younker Hyde Macfarlane team is here to help you.

Talk to Our Surgical Error Attorneys Today With a Free Consultation

Our attorneys handle surgical case errors in Salt Lake City and all throughout Utah. Our team has a background in both defending and prosecuting malpractice, which means we understand what kind of defense the opposition will make and how to zealously prove your case. 

Our team is willing and able to handle complex cases. In fact, nearly three-quarters of our clients are referred by other law firms, oftentimes because they believe we are Utah's best choice for especially complex cases. We show no fear in pursuing cases to their fullest extent, while also understanding when a settlement is the right choice. 

Help is at hand. Call or contact us today to schedule your free consultation with our Salt Lake City firm. 


Our attorneys can fight to attain the financial compensation you deserve after a surgical error, so you can focus on healing.

Utah Turns to Us For Medical Malpractice Claims


Tom Henderson


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This is the first time I have found it necessary to use a law firm, I was apprehensive because of all the stories I have heard about other law firms. 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 through

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Younker-Hyde-McFarlane are the best there is! My wife needed a lower back spinal fusion that should have been relatively straightforward. She was seriously injured by a careless doctor incorrectly performing a non-traditional back surgery that she did not have the skill to perform. It left her with a paralyzed right leg and a drastic impact on the quality of our lives. We contacted Younker-Hyde-McFarlane to represent us in a medical malpractice suit. OMG, these guys are so impressive! They uncovered things about the surgery that we had no idea had happened. Their skills in arguing our case to an arbitration panel were extraordinary. We very highly recommend this fantastic team of legal experts!!

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How We Work to Prove Your Case

We take action in a variety of ways to prove medical malpractice occurred in your case. To prove your personal injury and other claims, our medical malpractice lawyers will:
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Draw on Past Cases

Our medical malpractice attorneys have successfully handled a great number of surgical error cases in the past. Each case we take receives personalized care and attention to detail. Your case may have similarities to our past victories, and we can utilize our experience to help you win. 

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Work With Experts

At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, our personal injury lawyers don't work alone. We often retain experts renowned throughout Utah, and can even consult with a national network of medical experts.

Many of our trusted expert witnesses teach at colleges and hospitals and have published textbooks and training manuals. With their expert help, we can definitively determine if a standard of care was breached. Their advanced knowledge of health care can provide the judge and jury with an objective appraisal of your case. 

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Conduct a Thorough Evaluation

In any medical malpractice case, a successful resolution is dependent on showing that the defendant failed to perform a duty owed and did not abide by a reasonable standard of care.

We conduct a thorough evaluation of all available facts in your case. By reviewing all aspects, we can determine who is at fault and why. This allows us to create an optimal legal strategy so you can receive the best possible results. 

More Reasons Utah Chooses Our Team

Surgical errors are a practice area that many attorneys avoid. However, the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane are different because:

We Have Handled the Most Cases of This Kind in Utah

No firm in the state of Utah has handled more medical malpractice cases than we have. The sheer number of cases we have handled in our combined decades in practice gives us insight that allows us to prove who is responsible for surgical errors—and collect the restitution that victims need and deserve in order to move on with their lives. In many cases, our involvement has resulted in the defense settling for significant amounts in pre-litigation rather than choosing to engage in court battles against our attorneys.

We Focus on Medical Malpractice

Surgical errors can be exceedingly difficult to prove. This is because often, the only person who truly knows what happened during the procedure is the surgeon who made the mistake. If the surgeon is denying responsibility, proving their error requires an understanding of medical malpractice that most personal injury lawyers do not have. Our team comprises attorneys, nurses, and paralegals who have the knowledge to prove surgical errors. They also work with leading experts in the medical field whose testimony can help support the case.

We Have a Background in Defense

Several of our attorneys have a background in legal defense. Norman J. Younker spent time representing Intermountain Healthcare, which is the largest healthcare provider in the Intermountain West region of the U.S. For nearly a decade, attorney Matthew Purcell practiced medical malpractice defense and attorney Andy Morelli worked as a defense lawyer for two highly prominent insurance firms. Our lawyers' firsthand knowledge of medical malpractice defense strategies allows us to know how the opposition will fight us—and how to beat them. 

Our Attorneys Work on Contingency


The medical malpractice attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane represent their Utah clients on a contingency basis. This means that the only way our firm gets paid is if we win. Therefore, our number-one motivation is collecting the most compensation possible on your behalf. 

We Are Here to Represent You

Our medical malpractice attorneys have repeatedly proven our ability to secure significant amounts of compensation for our Utah clients. We have achieved several arbitration awards and settlements that exceed $1 million in surgical errors cases. Call 801-335-6467 or write to our team to discuss your case.

More Reviews of Our Salt Lake City Firm


Matt Cook


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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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Shelly Christenson


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Younker Hyde Macfarlane, I can't say enough good things about this firm... 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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What If You Are Partially to Blame?

Utah is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that a plaintiff can receive compensation for their injury even if they are partially to blame for causing it, as long as the defendant is responsible for 50% or more of the injury. 

Surgical error cases are a practice area that is usually complex. In many cases, a surgeon and their legal team present evidence suggesting that you are responsible for the complications suffered. For example, they may say that you failed to disclose key medical information that would have made the surgeon act differently. However, our surgical error lawyers could argue that the surgeon failed to seek out this information, and in doing so, was more responsible for your injury than you are. In short, even if it can be legitimately argued that you were partially at fault for your own losses, we will still do everything in our power to make sure the surgeon is held responsible for their negligence in the operating room.

Don't Let Time Run Out Surgical Error Cases Have Just Two Years to File

There are two key terms to understand for your surgical error case: liability and statute of limitations.


A medical professional has liability in a surgical error case if their actions make them responsible for medical malpractice. A doctor or nurse's negligence can interject an unnecessary and preventable element of danger into the surgical process that can end in disastrous results. If a doctor or nurse's actions directly resulted in injury, illness, disfigurement, or disability, they can be held legally liable through medical malpractice litigation. 

Statute of Limitations

Statute of limitations laws create deadlines for when a lawsuit must be filed by. In Utah, the statute for a medical malpractice case is two years from when an injury reasonably should have been discovered. There is also a maximum deadline of four years from the date of injury, even if the injury was not discovered until long after it was sustained. Wrongful death cases similarly have a two-year deadline from the date of your loved one’s death. 

If your case revolves around a foreign object being left in your body during a surgical procedure, you have one year from the time the object was found or should reasonably have been found. If you were prevented from discovering surgical misconduct due to fraud by the health care provider, you have one year from the time this fraud was or should have been discovered. Through a free consultation, our Salt Lake City-based medical malpractice lawyers can let you know if your claim is timely. 


Utah Turns to Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers When Surgical Errors Threaten Their Livelihood


Laura Gray


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I worked with John Macfarlane and his team in regards to my claim. My year old son was injured at daycare and there was an incident at the hospital where he received care as well. It was tough but once I contacted Younker Hyde Macfarlane, they all worked together to make this an easy process. What a relief! They were all great at responding back to my emails, phone calls, and answered any questions I had with complete transparency. They were all great!

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Greg Furness


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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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Are There Limits on Compensation?


In Utah personal injury lawsuits, there is no limit on economic damages like compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. Wrongful death cases have no cap whatsoever on non-economic damages. Non-economic damages such as emotional pain and suffering are capped at $450,000. You can trust that our attorneys are focused on collecting the absolute maximum in restitution for you and your family.

When Surgical Errors Result in Wrongful Death

Has a surgical error resulted in the loss of someone you love? While no amount of money can truly make up for a loved one’s death, grieving family members deserve compensation for their loss. In Utah, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by the deceased’s spouse, children, adopted children, parents, or adopted parents. 

Stepchildren may file wrongful death lawsuits if they were under 18 years old at the time of death and either received financial support from the deceased or lived with them at least part-time. If none of the previously mentioned parties have survived the decedent and you are a blood relative, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. During a free case review, our attorneys can determine if you have grounds to file a case. If you have the right to take legal action following the loss of a loved one, our lawyers can begin collecting evidence to support your case right away.

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Damages for Wrongful Death

When our medical malpractice lawyers take on a wrongful death case, we seek compensatory damages for losses including:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of potential inheritance
  • Medical expenses from the fatal surgical procedure
  • Lost wages, future wages, and benefits the deceased would have earned
  • Pain and suffering the deceased endured between their injury and death
  • The loss of affection, advice, and relationship the deceased would have provided

Talk to Our Wrongful Death Attorneys

When surgical errors are fatal, our firm believes surviving family members deserve maximum restitution. Our team has handled many cases involving wrongful death due to medical malpractice. The attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane are here to seek justice for grieving families. Call 801-335-6467 or write to us to book your free consultation.

Our Team Is Proud to Seek Justice for Victims in Utah


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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!!

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Bret Christenson


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As our family struggled through the process of dealing with our mothers death, they were busy taking care of things for us on a legal basis as though they were part of the family. To anyone reading this review in search for a good Law Firm to represent you. You will not find a Law Firm of better people and Lawyers than this Firm.

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Our Team Is Multilingual


We are proud to be able to serve a diverse clientele thanks to our multilingual team. Mr. Macfarlane is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and Mr. Morelli is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Corbett is fluent in Spanish and French, and has some proficiency in Portuguese. 

Utah Appreciates Us


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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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I hired this law firm to take on my medical malpractice case. I was impressed to say the least in so many ways... I think the best thing I have to say about this company is they are honest and they have integrity which is so hard to find anymore. Thank you so much for your hard work and getting things taken care of so quickly!

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Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

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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