Mother-of-four left paralyzed after she 'catapulted' off king-size bed during sex sues bed company for $1 million
Reports state that the mother-of-four, Claire Busby, suffered spinal injuries when she fell backward from her double-bed
A 46-year-old woman, who was left paralyzed after falling from a super-king size bed during sex, has reportedly sued Berkshire Bed Company Ltd and is seeking over a million dollars in damages. Reports state that the mother-of-four, Claire Busby, suffered spinal injuries when she fell backward from her double-bed, which was one of the five beds that were delivered to her home in Maidenhead, Berks. She had purchased the beds when she was renovating the property in August 2013, the court heard on Monday.
Busby, a businesswoman who runs a chain of hairdressing and beauty salons, said that she was in bed with her then partner when the absurd incident occurred. The 46-year-old has claimed that the bed was missing two vital "glider" feet when it was delivered, which in turn created a 4cm difference in the height from one side to another, according to reports. Busby has now been left a tetraplegic and appeared in court in a wheelchair, the Daily Mail reported.
The businesswoman, while suing the bed company — trading as Beds Are Uzzz — claimed the bed was "defective."
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"I was positioned kneeling over him," Busby said while explaining the incident to Judge Barry Cotter QC. "I was kneeling over him and my right hand was touching him, maybe my left hand was touching his leg. I was halfway down the bed," she said adding that the "missing gliders" caused a "slope from head to foot" which caused her to lose her balance as she changed position and "catapulted" to the floor.
While addressing the High Court, Busby said that at that time she was attempting to "swing her legs towards the top of the bed. "I spun around and put my hand down and then I felt as if I was catapulted off the back of the bed. My head hit the floor and I fell to the side and heard a spring in my body snap."
The bed company, however, has denied all the blame for the incident, with its barrister, Neil Block QC, saying: "All gliders were fitted to the bed at the time of the assembly." While Busby's barrister, Winston Hunter, told the judge: "Mrs Busby denies this, and this is a central factual issue in the case."
"She had been performing a sex act and, thereafter, she sat up with the intention of swinging her legs forward underneath her - and lying on her back with feet towards the headboard and her head towards the end of the bed," Hunter said while explaining the dynamics of the accident.
"Her case is that, having taken the weight off her body through her buttocks, she lay back with the expectation that the mattress would support the weight of her upper torso and her head and shoulders. However, as she placed her weight through her upper body onto the mattress it failed to support her weight, and she continued moving backwards and downwards. The effect of this movement was that her head and upper torso came off the edge of the bed, and she slid to the floor with the weight of her body and legs rotating into a vertical position and forcing the weight of the same through her neck," Hunter said.
The court also heard that at the time of the incident Busby was in the middle of refurbishing her home after she split from her husband. The court hearing in the case continues.