A woman who was left paralysed after being ‘catapulted’ from her new bed during sex has lost a bid to claim a seven-figure sum from the manufacturer.
Claire Busby, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, suffered a serious injury to her spine when she fell from the super king size double divan as she changed position.
The 46-year-old injured herself as she moved position while having sex with lover, John Marshall.
She said a ‘defective’ product supplied by the Berkshire Bed Company, trading as Beds Are Uzzz, was to blame for her injury.
But the High Court ruled on Friday that the injury was a ‘tragic accident’ and that the bed was ‘not defective’, as claimed.
The court had been told the couple were having sex a week after the bed had been delivered.
Ms Busby claimed the bed had not been assembled properly when it was delivered in August 2013.
She told the court she was kneeling in the middle of the bed performing a sex act when she decided to move position and ‘swung her legs’ from underneath her, before lying back on the bed with her head towards the bottom end.
At that point she claimed the bed gave way and she toppled off the end, landing on her head.
‘I spun around, I put my hand down and then I felt like I was catapulted off the back,’ she said.
‘I fell to the side and heard what felt like a spring in my body snap.’
However, the bed company said the incident was an accident and that the couple had lost their balance.
In his ruling, Judge Barry Cotter put the injuries down to a ‘simple accident’ which was caused by ‘a most unfortunate and unusual combination of positioning on the bed and movement’.
‘As a result of the matters set out above, the claim in relation to this tragic accident, which is what I find it was, a simple accident, fails,’ said the judge.
Richard Manders, director of Berkshire Bed Company, said after the ruling that he was ‘delighted’ with the verdict.
‘We are sorry that Ms Busby was injured and we wish her and her family well for the future.’
A former husband of Ms Busby’s has told the Sun newspaper called her obsessed with money and sex-mad.