Widow wins fight with life insurer

April 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- A woman whose husband was killed while using an electrical current in a sexual act is entitled to accidental death benefits, a U.S. appeals court says.

The court in Manhattan reversed a ruling by a U.S. district judge in Rochester, N.Y., and found that Amanda Martin should get an additional $81,000 from The Hartford, the New York Post reported. The appellate judges made a distinction between an intentional act and intending death, while the lower court found Paul Martin's death was not an accident because it occurred during an "intentional act."

Paul Martin, 35, an electrical engineer, died in 2008. His widow said that he suffered from diabetes and other health problems that may have caused erectile dysfunction and he may have been using electrical current in an effort to have an erection.

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