Condo owner must pay for neighbor’s exploding corpse

Apartment life has its drawbacks, chief among them being neighbors.

You got your nosy neighbors, loud neighbors, pet hoarding neighbors, messy neighbors, sex offender registry neighbors — the list goes on. I once shared a wall with a CNN anchor, which wasn’t so bad, but such victories are rare.

Even rarer than an attractive neighbor is an exploding one, but it does happen.

In Florida, in 2008, condo dweller Judy Rodrigo noticed a smell. Her elderly upstairs neighbor had died and no one noticed.

That’s not so unusual in Florida condos. In fact, the elderly neighbor had moved into the upstairs condo after her mother died there.

In this case, however, after about two weeks passed, the gases in the body built up and caused an “explosion” and “fluid from the ruptured corpse began to seep through the floor and into [Rodrigo's] apartment,” the Broward-Palm Beach New Times tells us.

This prompted a visit by emergency workers, who opened the neighbor’s door and found her puppy had eaten much of her.

The condo association paid to gut the dead woman’s apartment, but Rodrigo said the stink in her home remained. When the association’s insurance wouldn’t pay for new drywall and other fixes, Rodrigo had the work done herself and asked her insurance company to pay for it.

The insurance company refused, saying Rodrigo’s policy didn’t cover a neighbor’s exploding body.

Rodrigo sued her insurance company, and, after 6 years of legal wrangling, lost.

Good fences, along with leak-proof floors and walls, make for good neighbors, as Robert Frost almost said.

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9 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2014
7:19 pm

Never heard of bodily fluid flood insurance.

Don't Tread

April 30th, 2014
11:07 am

The landlord’s insurance should have paid the claim. Renter’s insurance doesn’t cover the building. She sued the wrong insurance company.

“UK to force unemployed to work for benefits”? Seems the European socialists have finally figured out the meaning behind Margaret Thatcher’s statement regarding socialism and other people’s money. (However, it did take nearly 50 years for them to get it.) The liberals here still don’t have a clue…must be all that drug use.


April 30th, 2014
11:25 am

Which side of the fence? If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test! If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect. If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. If a Democrat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. A Democrat demands that those they don’t like be shut down. If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his.

Don't Tread

April 30th, 2014
11:29 am

oops…my bad…she’s an owner too. Yeah this one doesn’t make sense, unless this is one of those insurance policies that states what they will cover, and disallows the rest.

Hidden Agenda

April 30th, 2014
12:28 pm

If you can read the titles of all the articles George linked to today and honestly think there is ANY hope for the future of our society, this country or this planet, then you need to share the drugs you are taking.

Some People

April 30th, 2014
12:31 pm

What is it about some people like Joe that makes them sooooo sure that everyone wants to read their moronic ramblings about politics even when the blog post to which they are commenting involves nothing political? Do they have nothing else going on in their life that they just troll around looking for a blank space to scrawl “everyone who doesn’t think just like me is an idiot”. And what do they get out of it? Affirmation from like minded folks with equally moronic posts of support. Compensation for some other inadequacy”

And doesn’t it get tiring to be (p)outraged all the time.

Hidden Agenda

April 30th, 2014
12:46 pm

joe – for some crazy reason who seem to believe three things that are absolutely NOT true. ONE, that there are only TWO sides to any issue – the republican version and the democrat version. Two, that you can actually predict the actions/beliefs of every republican as a group and every democrat as a group, and THREE, that there is any consistent political, economic, or moral philosophy that drives everyone, or possibly anyone that calls themselves a republican or a democrat.

Sorry, but there are indeed people who believe consistently and unabashedly in person freedom and liberty and will never look to have the government (if they even believe in government) intercede on their behalf over the beliefs or actions of another (so long as they or their property are not being violated. They are generally called libertarians, anarchists, or anarcho-capitalists. There are certainly some republicans and democrats who will allow personal or economic freedom among the masses, but for the most part they pick and choose what they will tolerate and what they will actively work to have government stop. Then of course there are lots in both parties that will not tolerate any freedom or liberty when it comes to personal choice or economic matters.

The fundamental problem from the perspective of someone who consistently supports freedom and liberty for all so long as my rights or property is not being violated is that most republicans and democrats actually believe the lies they tell themselves about what they can expect from a candidate bearing their party label. Not only is there absolutely NO consistency within the party, but even the party leadership does not abide by the very things they put in their party platforms for the world to see. The well-supported massive spending sprees under Bush “the conservative” and the unquestioned global drone warfare and military adventurism of the “Peace Prize Winner” come to mind as recent examples.

We want to believe in consistent politicians yet we criticize the consistent ones the most because they will not waiver and “work with the other side of the aisle.”

Want to know the truth about the fence? It was built by the two major parties with mutual cooperation to make the gullible American citizens believe that there is actually a difference between the two parties and that by siding with one or the other there will actually be positive change. That is perhaps the biggest lie of them all.


April 30th, 2014
4:29 pm

Even for a newspaper best suited for lining bird cages—this story is disgusting!

Miss V

May 1st, 2014
6:21 pm

I would have involved the health department before paying out of pocket.