Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse How do I know if a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home? In South Carolina, are persons living in nursing homes protected under law? Do I need to file a lawsuit if a family member has been abused? Is it necessary to have the contract between the family or victim and the nursing home available to show an attorney? What are the warning signs that someone is experiencing abuse or neglect in a nursing home? What is the Omnibus Adult Protection Act?