It is up to you whether you sue the individual or nursing home for an employee who abused your parent. However, the only way to prevent future abuse is to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Consulting with a personal injury or nursing home abuse lawyer should be free. You can discuss the positive and negative aspects of suing the nursing home and employee for the abuse. Damages include pain and suffering, medical expenses, and punitive damages resulting from the negligent actions of the nursing home.