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Jupiter woman loses corpse “explosion” suit

Judge rules State Farm doesn't owe condo owner damages after body decomposed next door
August 21, 2014 03:00PM

imagesA Jupiter woman’s ongoing battle with her home insurer over “a leaking corpse next door” is now over.

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled not to reexamine its April decision in the suit between Judy Rodrigo’s and State Farm. Rodrigo claimed that when the owner of the neighboring condo died in 2007, she leaked bodily fluids “which infiltrated the walls,” damaging her unit.

Rodrigo also claimed that the decomposing body qualified as an “explosion” under her insurance policy, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

State Farm disagreed that decomposing body constituted an explosion, although the insurer did offer Rodrigo an unspecified payment.

“The plain meaning of the term ‘explosion’ does not include a decomposing body’s cells explosively expanding, causing leakage of bodily fluids,” May wrote in favor of State Farm, adding Rodrigo’s claim was “novel.” [Sun-Sentinel] Christopher Cameron