Florida Treatment Center Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

07/19/2010 // Coral Gables, FL, USA // Grossman Roth // Stuart Z. Grossman

At first, Sharon Bronowicz’s death was ruled a suicide. Then it was called an accidental drowning. Finally the facts came out. Now it is one more Florida wrongful death lawsuit—a death, say lawyers for Ms. Bronowicz’s family, that was entirely preventable.

Such cases are tragic, but they are not rare. Florida, with its roads, beaches, and large population of residents and tourists, has seen more than its share.

The Miami wrongful death attorneys at Grossman Roth, P.A., for example, have developed a reputation—and track record—for successfully handling such lawsuits, bringing a measure of relief and justice to families devastated by needless tragedy. In late May, for example, the firm obtained a nearly $1.5 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who drowned in Miami Beach.

In the Bronowicz case, lawyers for the victim’s family say the cause of her January 2009 death is clear: the negligence of workers at the New Horizons of the Treasure Coast residential treatment center located in Fort Pierce, in south Florida. Bronowicz, 59, was being treated for depression there but was set to be released.

Less than two weeks before her release date, however, Bronowicz was found drowned at the facility. Her daughter, Renee Hill, later learned that her mother had been locked alone in a bathroom for 45 minutes.

“We all know that life has tragedies, but if it was a preventable tragedy, then we have to find answers,” says attorney Laurence Huttman, who is representing Hill in her wrongful death lawsuit against New Horizons. The suit contends that workers were negligent in leaving Bronowicz alone in the bathroom for so long, given her condition.

Huttman says that in the days before her death, Bronowicz had become increasingly disturbed, and on one occasion she lay on the floor for nearly four hours, crying and asking for help.

“This was a preventable tragedy,” says the Florida attorney.

While the wrongful death case may provide the answers—and responsibility—Hill seeks, victory in the courtroom, she knows, will be bittersweet: “I don’t think there are words to describe that kind of pain,” says Hill, who visited her mother regularly. “To lose your best friend, your mother . . . I’m still at a loss for words.”

This news story was brought to you by the Miami wrongful death attorneys at Grossman Roth, P.A. For three decades, we’ve been fighting for—and coming through for—those needlessly injured by the negligence of others. Along the way, we’ve become one of south Florida’s pre-eminent firms for wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury claims, helping clients obtain the recovery—and answers—they deserve.

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