McDonald’s Hot Coffee Lawsuit

Ahhhhh, the infamous case of the hot McDonald’s coffee. Everyone has heard of it. The hot coffee, which spilled in 1992, has become something of folklore in United States culture. Most people know two facts about the case: A woman spilled hot McDonald’s coffee on herself. She sued and was awarded $2.7 million. If only legal proceedings were that simple. …

Important Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases

Each year in the United States, a large number of people are seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. The National Safety Council reports that an estimated 38,300 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2015 and another 4.4 million were seriously injured. When a person is involved in an accident, he or she may not be thinking ahead …

Medicaid and Medicare Turn 50 but Still Have Growing Pains

The United States government is celebrating the 50th anniversaries of Medicaid and Medicare this summer, both programs officially having sprung to life on July 30, 1965. Websites like CMS.gov and AIDS.com are honoring the occasion with a “Keeping Americans Healthy for 50 Years” celebration. Both sites highlight the many changes, improvements, and advances in the two systems since President Lyndon …

How Does That Nursing Home Grade?

Nursing Home Grades After Changes to the Federal Grading Scale By the end of 2014, federal programs Medicare and Medicaid implemented a new grading scale to rate nursing home facilities. The new scale makes it harder for nursing homes to achieve more stars on a 5 star grading scale. With the latest report, more homes than ever before have received …

New Rating Rules for Nursing Homes in the U.S.

Medicare is changing the way it rates and reviews nursing homes in the United States. Until now, the popular five-star rating system, which thousands of families turn to when researching their options for senior care, has simply relied on the facilities’ self-reported and unverified data. http://gty.im/663713 But The New York Times reports that a series of sweeping changes will kick …