Woman Paralyzed After She Was 'Catapulted' From Bed During Sex Loses Seven-Figure Lawsuit Over 'Defective' Bed

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File photo: Bed and white pillows with wrinkle blanket in bedroom. Claire Busby, 46, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, sued a bed company after she was left paralyzed after allegedly being “catapulted” from one during sex. iStock

A U.K. woman who was left paralyzed after allegedly being “catapulted” from bed during a sex act lost her court battle for a seven-figure damages payout today.

Mother of four Claire Busby, 46, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, claimed that the bed she purchased from the Berkshire Bed Company—trading as Beds Are Uzzz—was "defective." The spinal injury was sustained in August 2013, and the bed supplier denied being liable in the case.

The Telegraph reported last month that Busby had filed legal action in the High Court. She told Judge Barry Cotter QC she was hurt a week after the bed’s delivery while performing a sex act on her partner John Marshall. She said she was thrown off the end.

“I was positioned kneeling over him,” she testified. “I was kneeling over him and my right hand was touching him, maybe my left hand was touching his leg. I was half way down the bed.

“I spun around, I put my hand down and then 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.”

But an appeal for damages was rejected today, Huffington Post reported.

Judge Cotter ruled: “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.

“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 prior to the incident.”

The legal team for the bed company—arguing against the case—maintained the bed was properly assembled when it was delivered, reported The Sun.

“It is overwhelmingly likely that, whatever her actions, they were too close to the edge of the bed and she simply lost balance and toppled backwards,” said the firm's lawyer, Neil Block.

Richard Manders, director of the Berkshire Bed Company said his company was “delighted” with the decision. “We are sorry that Ms. Busby was injured and we wish her and her family well for the future,” he stated. “Our beds and mattresses can be trusted…and are perfectly safe.”

Last month, now-former partner Marshall, aged 55, told the BBC that the incident affected him badly. He said it appeared to happen in “slow motion.”

He told the High Court of the ordeal: "I was expecting her to get up, and when she didn't I laughed and said, 'get up,' but she said that she had hurt herself. She said she could not feel her arms and legs. I thought she was joking.”

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