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Wrongful Death Lawyer

The death of a beloved family member due to the negligence of another person or a company can shatter your life.

When a wrongful death occurs, you should seek counsel from a respected law firm to help you through this difficult time.

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, of Salt Lake City, UT, is that law firm. Our wrongful death attorneys are ready to serve your family...

We Focus on Your Wrongful Death Case You Focus on Healing

Younker Hyde Macfarlane's wrongful death lawyers have been handling wrongful death cases for decades, and our legal assistance can begin with a no-pressure, free consultation at our Salt Lake City office. You can set up a free consultation with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys by filling out our simple online form or by calling us. The sooner you contact Younker Hyde MacFarlane about filing a wrongful death lawsuit, the faster we can start helping you navigate this tragic, complicated period in your life.

Call Us: (801) 335-6467

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Attorneys Ashton Hyde, Norman Younker, and John Macfarlane

Our Clients Hold Us in the Highest Regard "We Found Great Emotional Support and Even Hope"


Ingrid Pimentel


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We were referred to Yonker|Hyde|Macfarlane because of medical malpractice that ended up taking the life of our child. Although there is nothing that can bring our son back, we found great emotional support and even hope at such a fragile time while working with them. We met with Mckay Corbett at first and he attentively listened for hours then John Macfarlane took over the case. He is a compassionate lawyer, who genuinely wanted to help bring justice and peace to us. He has good communication skills, with the ability to listen and respect our desires while still giving us the needed advice. He's also full of good judgment and managed to, with his many skills and perseverance, get us a fair and good settlement that gave us the sense of closure we were looking for... 

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Chantel Beck-Bryson


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Younker Hyde Macfarlane worked with me on an auto settlement after my husband was killed in an accident. I was left as a single mother with four year old twin girls and a baby boy. I cannot say enough about the work my attorney, John Macfarlane, and the other staff at Younker Hyde Macfarlane did on my behalf to achieve an incredible result for me and my kids. John Macfarlane proved to be a skilled negotiator and was adept at resolving all of the issues involved with my case. Furthermore, it made all the difference that I was treated with total kindness, compassion and generosity by everyone I dealt with at Younker Hyde Macfarlane. Highly recommended.

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Why Choose Younker Hyde Macfarlane?

If a child, spouse, or other family member has been killed due to the negligence of another, please accept our deepest, heartfelt condolences - we know that there is no greater loss. Please know that that the wrongful death attorneys at our Salt Lake City law firm will do everything they can to guide you through this trying time. As your legal counsel, we can help you make informed decisions regarding your legal options.

Here are some reasons why we should be the law firm that handles your wrongful death claim, whether the wrongful death occurred in Salt Lake City or another Utah community:

High Number of Wrongful Death Claims

We've taken on more and continue to take on more medical malpractice cases than any other firm in Utah, and many of these cases involve wrongful death.

We Are Respected

Our fairness and skill have earned us the respect of insurance agencies, defense counsels, and local hospitals. We have great relationships with all of them, and they know if we're involved, it's a serious case. 

Pre-Litigation Settlements

We are never afraid to take a wrongful death lawsuit to trial, but we also know when it's time to settle. We often settle pre-litigation, getting our clients a substantial settlement quickly, sometimes without filing a single document. 

Other Firms Refer Clients to Us

We are proud that most of our wrongful death cases are referrals from other personal injury lawyers. Other members of the Salt Lake City legal community know that we are the best choice for handling the wrongful death claims of grieving families.
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Free Consultation/No Direct Payments to Us

If we don't win you a settlement or jury award, we don't collect payment. That's why it's in our best interest to be your devoted ally when you file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact us for a free consultation to get started,

Helping Bereaved Clients Collect Fair Compensation

At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, one out of every four personal injury claims we handle involves a wrongful death. The highly educated members of our personal injury group, which includes a full team of wrongful death lawyers as well as doctors, nurses, and paralegals, have successfully handled many kinds of complex wrongful death cases with laser-sharp focus, personalized client care, and superior counsel. In other words, the wrongful death lawyers of Younker Hyde MacFarlane are uniquely qualified to represent individuals like you who have suffered a wrongful death in their family.
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Time Is of the Essence Let Us Help You Avoid Financial Hardship

The esteemed wrongful death lawyers at Younker Hyde MacFarlane encourage you not to hesitate if you have questions or concerns regarding your legal rights after a wrongful death has occurred. This is because a statute limits the amount of time in which you can legally file a wrongful death claim, so we strongly recommend that you seek legal counsel from our well-regarded Salt Lake City law firm as soon as you are able.

It is true that no amount of compensation can replace your loved one or heal the pain in your heart, but financial hardship as a result of another party's negligence should not be your burden to bear. Everything from medical bills to funeral expenses should be paid for by the negligent party.

Common Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death 

Nearly any accident, whether it's a car accident, truck accident, or workplace accident, can result in death. Our attorneys have helped families recover compensation after innocent victims have died due to:

We are serious about meeting the needs of our clients, and you can trust us to work diligently on your behalf. If a loved one has passed due to any of these circumstances, we highly encourage you to act quickly. We will be your guiding hand when it comes to dealing with insurance companies.

"No amount of compensation can replace your loved one, but it can relieve financial burdens and help you afford the resources needed to cope with your loss." Younker Hyde Macfarlane

How We Establish the Liability of a Negligent Party

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To establish liability, we must show that a party failed to uphold to a duty owed and, as a result, caused bodily injury (in this case, death) to the victim. Whenever a person is operating a motor vehicle, a doctor is performing surgery, or a business is designing and manufacturing a product for public sale, a duty is owed.

Identifying Duty Owed

The duty varies, however, based on the situation, and it must first be established what duty was owed before we can show that the defendant failed to uphold this duty. We accomplish this through intimate familiarity with the law and counsel from experts in the fields of medicine, accident reconstruction, forensics, and various other fields.

We Thank Our Clients for Their Kind Words "Younker, Hyde and Macfarlane helped bring closure for my family."


Nina Patterson


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I first visited the firm completely exhausted, emotional, and seeking justice after having been through a mother's worst nightmare. Mr. Younker met with me and reassured me that they will do everything they could to bring about awareness and justice...

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Shawn Troumbley


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These men were very respectful and empathetic to my family after the loss of my 15 year old daughter.  Younker, Hyde and Macfarlane helped bring closure for my family.  Thank you for their dedication and tenacity.

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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

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (801) 335-6467.

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"They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family."

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