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If someone you know has suffered nursing home neglect or abuse, the nursing home resident should see a doctor immediately. An independent doctor - one that is not employed by the nursing home - can assess how the resident was treated during his/her stay, and evaluate the physical, emotional and medical condition of the patient. The doctor can check for bed sores, malnutrition and aggravated medical conditions (such as untreated diabetes or high blood pressure). Any of these conditions may show neglect on the part of the nursing home, and can be used in the event of a lawsuit or criminal allegations.