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Florida Woman on the Hook for Damage Caused by Neighbor's Explodiing Corpse
JUPITER, Fla. -- A woman is on the hook for damage to her condo that apparently was caused by a decomposing body that exploded.
An appeals court ruled recently that State Farm wasn't liable for clean up in this situation.
Apparently in Florida, this type of situation is not that rare.
"She was, just kept to herself," said Kip Sprankle, talking about the woman whose body exploded. "And I guess she was there like two weeks and I guess no one realized it."
Sprankle and his wife live in the same condo building where the remains of the decomposing body were eventually discovered.
CBS 12 spoke with a death cleanup business that wrote an estimate for the damaged condo.
An employee told CBS 12 in West Palm that because of Florida's aging population and the hot climate, situations like this happen quite a lot.
The woman's insurance policy said it covered "explosions," but the District Court of Appeal wrote in its opinion that under the plain language definition of explosion, a body expanding and bursting in a condo wasn't covered.
CBS 12 spoke with an insurance agent that said sometimes some policies cover "all other perils" which might have help in this situation.
The attorney representing the condo owner said he plans to appeal.
Source: CBS 12
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