Younker Hyde Macfarlane, Obtains $1.83 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

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The law firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, obtained a $1.83 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case against North Canyon Care Center. The case was tried in the Third Judicial District Court, Salt Lake County; Case No. 140908104, Cheryl Sprague vs. Avalon Care Center – Bountiful 350 South, LLC dba North Canyon Care Center.

The lawyers of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, represented Cheryl Sprague, the wife of the late Morley Reed Sprague. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Sprague died as a result of negligence by the staff at North Canyon Care Center. The claim that was filed stated that the medical staff’s failure to follow instructions regarding pressure sores contributed to a deterioration of Mr. Sprague’s health that eventually resulted in his death.

The jury in the case decided on the $1.83 million verdict on November 14, 2017.

Information on the Medical Malpractice Case

According to court documents, Mr. Sprague (then age 57) was hospitalized with sepsis and a urinary tract infection on August 11, 2012. Prior to his hospitalization, Mr. Sprague suffered from severe, end-stage multiple sclerosis that left him frail and wheelchair bound. Because Mr. Sprague was unable to change his position without assistance, he had a high risk of developing pressure sores and ulcers if his body remained in the same position for a prolonged amount of time.

According to court documents, on August 23, 2012, Mr. Sprague was discharged from the hospital and admitted to North Canyon Care Center. The staff at North Canyon Care Center was made aware of Mr. Sprague’s risk for pressure sores and were notified that Mr. Sprague be turned every two hours to address these issues. Altering Mr. Sprague’s position as directed would help prevent the development of new pressure sores and avoid the deterioration of any existing pressure sores.

According to the claim, while at North Canyon Care Center, Mr. Sprague experienced deterioration of existing pressure sores. He also developed a new stage IV pressure ulcer on his right buttock. Mr. Sprague was discharged from North Canyon Care Center with a pressure wound that failed to heal.

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