Woman in­jured dur­ing sex loses high court case against bed firm

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Steven Mor­ris

A woman left paral­ysed af­ter be­ing “cat­a­pulted” to the floor dur­ing sex has lost a high court dam­ages claim against her bed sup­plier.

Claire Busby, of Maiden­head in Berk­shire, sus­tained a se­ri­ous in­jury to her spine when she fell from the su­perk­ing-size di­van as she shifted po­si­tion.

Busby, 46, had al­leged the bed was de­fec­tive and claimed a seven-fig­ure sum from the Berk­shire Bed Com­pany, trad­ing as Beds Are Uzzz. But the judge, Barry Cot­ter, con­cluded it was a “tragic ac­ci­dent”. He added: “It re­quired a most un­for­tu­nate and un­usual com­bi­na­tion of po­si­tion­ing on the bed and move­ment which I do not be­lieve would have been fore­see­able by any rea­son­able per­son.”

A hear­ing in Lon­don last month was told Busby was hurt dur­ing sex with her then part­ner, John Mar­shall. She said the bed had given way as she lay with her head to­wards its foot. Busby said: “I felt like I was cat­a­pulted off the back of the bed. My head hit the floor, I fell to the side and then I heard like a spring in my body snap.”

She al­leged the di­vans that made up the bed base were not prop­erly fas­tened and two feet were miss­ing, cre­at­ing a height dif­fer­ence be­tween the two ends. The com­pany in­sisted the bed had been prop­erly as­sem­bled.

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