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There are typically two types of legal cases that can be brought against a nursing home that has abused or neglected its residents. You can bring an individual case against the home because of specific treatment, or lack thereof, to your elderly relative. Or, you can join a class action suit if the mistreatment was widespread. If there were many people at the nursing home who were abused, all of the families may choose to join together and file a lawsuit at one time, making a stronger case against the nursing home. Then, if the case is won, monetary compensation is split among all the parties in the class action suit.