Woman’s Apartment Ruined After Neighbor’s Neglected Corpse Explodes

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A Florida woman has lost her legal battle to convince her insurance company that to cover damages caused by a neighbor’s exploded corpse.

Boom. Big badda boom:

A Florida woman whose home was damaged after a woman’s corpse “exploded” in the apartment above hers has been ordered by an appeal court to foot the bill for its cleanup.

Judy Rodrigo’s nearly six-year battle for full insurance coverage ended Wednesday after a Palm Beach County court ruled that the type of bodily explosion that grotesquely soaked in her walls wasn’t the kind her policy covered.

A disgusted Jupiter neighbor described it as nearly two weeks before the elderly woman’s remains were found in 2008. By then, her body had burst and its bodily fluids leaked into Rodrigo’s home.

By the time maintenance workers checked on the upstairs neighbor — a woman described as living alone and dying of old age — what was left of her was reportedly being chewed on by her dog.

“I don’t know how the dog stayed alive. It must have been at her for some time,” shocked neighbor Nicholas Colangelo told Court House News in 2009.

Unfortunately for Rodrigo, whose apartment was consequently gutted because of the lingering stench, the foul odor remained and her plea for personal property damage coverage from State Farm was rejected.

According to court documents, a contractor with State Farm did inspect her unit and they consequently signed an appraisal award, but Rodrigo rejected the payment while wanting full coverage for the sickening damage.

State Farm in turn argued that her policy covered personal property damage only for specifically listed perils, and a decomposing body was not one of them

Read more at New York Daily News.


10 Comments on "Woman’s Apartment Ruined After Neighbor’s Neglected Corpse Explodes"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Apr 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm |

    That is fucked up.

  2. Number1Framer | Apr 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm |

    That’s how I wanna go out…with a bang…

  3. Damian Caligula | Apr 30, 2014 at 12:03 am |

    Like a good neighbor, State farm is there.

  4. I’ve had the displeasure of restoring a residence to standards for occupation after an exploded corpse was neglected.

    As a maintenance supervisor for low income and non profit communities (projects) I’ve seen into the lives of many people from every socioeconomic background living in equal horrors, and some things you can’t un-see.

    • VaudeVillain | Apr 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm |

      That sounds terrible. Sorry dude.

      Worst I’ve ever dealt with was a bar cooler that had been unused for about 2 years and nobody had bothered to clean out. It was full of broken glass, rotting beer (if you can even call Coors “beer”), and half used dairy products. My eyes were literally watering, and I had to stop a couple of times because I was dry heaving too hard to go on.

      I don’t even want to imagine exploded corpse.

  5. InfvoCuernos | Apr 30, 2014 at 4:14 am |

    I had a friend who’s neighbor died and sat rotting for a couple of weeks. He was a big guy and as he decomposed, he melted into the storage room under the apartment. You could see a big grease stain on the ceiling of the storage room. It was pretty gross.

  6. Gotta love State Farm, always doing right by themselves. Pathetic. There should be some way of getting them to pay.

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