The Palm Beach New Times reported (external - login to view) that Judy Rodrigo filed a suit against State Farm that “another unit owner’s body exploded thereby causing blood and bodily fluids to go into the adjoining condominium,” which she owned.
She wanted the company to reimburse her out of her personal property damage coverage. She claimed the damage exceeded $15,000.
Rodrigo claimed that she had to replace many items in her unit, and even with all the work, the smell lingered. She reportedly turned down an initial offer by the company shortly after the 2008 issue.
The case lingered until April 28, when the court reportedly stated, “The plain meaning of the term ‘explosion’ does not include a decomposing body’s cells explosively expanding, causing leakage of bodily fluids.”
The deceased elderly woman’s body went undiscovered for weeks, the report said. Neighbors eventually complained about the odor, and building maintenance men discovered the body.
Florida Woman Must Pay for Damages After Corpse Explodes Above Her Apartment | New Times Broward-Palm Beach (external - login to view)