Personal Injury Lawyer


Originally a defense lawyer representing doctors and hospitals sued for malpractice, Matthew Purcell felt called to work as a personal injury lawyer. He called John Macfarlane and Ashton J. Hyde of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, and they were pleased to offer him a place at our law firm. Mr. Purcell's unique background gives him special insight into how defense lawyers and insurance companies navigate personal injury cases.

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WEBVTT 00:00:05.671 --> 00:00:12.186 The reason I have made the practice of law my career, 00:00:12.671 --> 00:00:15.214 and specifically health care malpractice, 00:00:16.186 --> 00:00:18.757 is one, because I find it fascinating 00:00:18.900 --> 00:00:23.399 to learn the medicine and what care and treatment can be done 00:00:23.400 --> 00:00:27.014 to help people when they are experiencing health problems. 00:00:27.100 --> 00:00:30.400 I have not always been a plaintiff's lawyer. 00:00:31.386 --> 00:00:36.560 I began my career as a defense lawyer 00:00:37.243 --> 00:00:39.857 working at a local defense firm here in town. 00:00:40.043 --> 00:00:45.843 So I spent the first eight or so years of my career defending hospitals, 00:00:45.986 --> 00:00:50.857 doctors, nurses, when they would be sued for malpractice. 00:00:51.029 --> 00:00:56.529 I found it to be not only dissatisfying, but sometimes even troubling. 00:00:56.829 --> 00:01:01.514 It can really work a toll on you, and it did for me. 00:01:01.829 --> 00:01:06.629 There were a few cases in particular that troubled me so much. 00:01:06.871 --> 00:01:13.157 It just became a mental burden and an emotional burden 00:01:13.900 --> 00:01:16.329 that I could no longer carry anymore. 00:01:16.757 --> 00:01:19.099 I reached out to my friends here, 00:01:19.100 --> 00:01:22.840 John and Ashton, and asked them if they'd be 00:01:23.286 --> 00:01:27.600 open to considering having a defense lawyer come join the dark side. 00:01:27.757 --> 00:01:31.014 Thankfully, they were open to it, and they offered me a position. 00:01:31.043 --> 00:01:34.171 The reality of working on the defense side 00:01:34.514 --> 00:01:38.486 is that you are usually working with an insurance company. 00:01:38.743 --> 00:01:40.713 They're the ones who are making decisions 00:01:40.714 --> 00:01:44.843 about whether a case should settle or go to trial. 00:01:45.157 --> 00:01:46.271 Knowing that 00:01:47.200 --> 00:01:52.671 and now being on the plaintiff side, I know the types of information 00:01:53.143 --> 00:01:54.742 that these insurance companies 00:01:54.743 --> 00:01:58.014 and their representatives or insurance adjusters 00:01:59.186 --> 00:02:06.000 want and need in order to get the case in a position to settle. 00:02:06.400 --> 00:02:10.042 Ultimately, when we take on a case, it's about getting compensation 00:02:10.043 --> 00:02:13.114 for the client, and most of our cases end in settlement. 00:02:13.614 --> 00:02:18.057 So it gives me an advantage when it comes to dealing with the insurance company. 00:02:18.386 --> 00:02:20.657 I find purpose. 00:02:20.929 --> 00:02:27.240 I find, frankly, joy in coming to work each day knowing that 00:02:27.757 --> 00:02:34.040 I get to be one of the few who gets to represent those injured people 00:02:34.714 --> 00:02:38.985 and help them get their life back on track 00:02:38.986 --> 00:02:42.200 following a terrible medical incident that they've experienced. 00:02:42.686 --> 00:02:45.543 While we can't guarantee results. 00:02:46.514 --> 00:02:51.599 I can commit that I'm going to be tenacious in my representation 00:02:51.600 --> 00:02:53.229 of you and your interests, 00:02:53.700 --> 00:02:55.357 and that I will do my best 00:02:55.986 --> 00:02:59.290 to pursue justice on behalf of you and your family, 00:02:59.291 --> 00:03:02.270 with the end goal of getting you compensation 00:03:02.271 --> 00:03:06.314 that is fair for the loss that you've suffered.

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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