The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the five-star quality rating system as a resource to help individuals, families, and caregivers find out more information about nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities) that participate in Medicare or Medicaid. The rating system helps to provide an easy-to-understand summary of three aspects of nursing home quality: health inspection results, staffing data, and quality measure data. Using this information, along with further research, can help individuals and families differentiate between high-performing and low-performing nursing homes.
In a decision that will likely have repercussions on medical malpractice cases in a number of states, the Supreme Court decided that a North Carolina law allowing it claim up to one third of medical malpractice settlements to recoup Medicaid expenses is unreasonable. The 6-3 ruling found that while states can indeed take a portion of a settlement, North Carolina law allows the state to collect an excessive and "arbitrary percentage."
A North Carolina woman whose 71-year-old mother was killed while working as a greeter when she was knocked to the ground by another employee pursuing a fleeing shoplifter is not entitled to damages for the victim's fatal injury, according to a recent ruling from the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The court upheld the decision of a lower court, which found that neither the other employee nor Walmart Stores were liable for the victim's death.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced plans to review a heavily-trafficked county road for possible safety issues following a serious car accident that left three teenagers dead and a 53-year-old truck driver injured. An ongoing police investigation has yet to confirm the cause of the wreck, but troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say that unsafe speeds and wet road conditions were likely at fault. Investigators have already cleared the truck driver from responsibility and explained that they do not currently believe driver intoxication was a factor.
Police say an accident that left two North Carolina residents hospitalized was caused when one of the motorists lost control of his car when it hydroplaned. According to police reports, that accident occurred shortly after 6:21 p.m. when a 19-year-old man's car hydroplaned, causing it veer over a median and into oncoming traffic. The car then struck a pickup truck with a glancing blow before slamming head-on into a sedan.
The city of Charlotte faces legal action after a 21-year-old man died when police officers shocked him with a Taser in 2011. The wrongful death lawsuit, which the man's parents filed in federal court in North Carolina, accuses a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer of using excessive force against the victim; the plaintiffs claim the officer used a Taser to fatally shock their son as he was attempting to calm down his girlfriend, who had begun to physically attack him. The lawsuit also names Taser International, the manufacturer of the popular stun gun, as a defendant.
A 22-year-old is in critical condition after falling approximately 40 feet at North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium shortly after the beginning of the ACC championship football game. According to the victim's mother, the man slipped from the stadium's forth level after stopping to snap a photograph on his way back to his seat.
A 68-year-old man was killed after his car collided with a semi-truck. The accident occurred several days after the victim was appointed interim manager for a North Carolina county, leaving officials uncertain regarding his replacement. Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident occurred at approximately 5:41 p.m.
The parents of a North Carolina teenager who fell to his death after stowing away in the wheel well of a passenger jet are suing the Charlotte Douglass International Airport over the incident. The wrongful death claim, which also names the City of Charlotte and two airlines as co-defendants, argues that the airport's lack of proper security and safety regulations allowed the 16-year-old victim to easily sneak onto the runway and enter the plane's wheel well.