$1.25m for legless burial

A Florida jury awarded $1.25m (pounds 780,000) to the family of an amputee who was buried without the legs she had entrusted to a funeral home for safekeeping years before her death.

The six-woman jury agreed that the Menorah Gardens and Funeral Chapels should pay $1m in punitive damages and $250,000 in compensatory damages for losing Molly Cohen's legs. Ms Cohen's legs were amputated in 1986 because of severe circulatory problems. In keeping with Orthodox Jewish tradition, she wanted to be buried whole. She asked the funeral home to arrange temporary burial of the legs, which were to be reburied with her when she died. Reuters - Fort Lauderdale