A woman in England who was left paralysed after being slung from her bed while having sex is now suing the bed suppliers for £1m (S$1,809,246) in compensation after claiming the bed was in a “defective state”.
According to The Sun, Claire Busby suffered a serious spinal injury after falling from her “super king-size” double divan bed while changing positions during intercourse. The 46-year-old mother of four was performing a sex act on her partner when the bed gave way, causing her to fall off it and land on her head.
“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, it felt like,” she said.
Claire claims the bed was in a “defective state” and has taken legal action against the Berkshire Bed Company, trading a Beds Are Uzzz, who supplied it.
The supplier, however, has denied any liability for her injuries and has stated that the bed was indeed properly assembled despite her claims. Claire was injured a week after the bed was delivered to her house in Berkshire which she was renovating in August 2013.
Claire’s sister, Natalie, said that she went to visit her sister after the accident and noticed that “two feet” were missing from the bed, but they did not discuss the matter out of respect for Claire’s poor health.
“Claire wasn’t in any fit state to be having a conversation, at one point she had two heart attacks in 24 hours,” she said.
Claire claims the divans that made up the base of the bed weren’t properly fastened together and the two gliders were missing from the end of the bed, causing a height difference between one end of the bed and the other.
Her lawyer Winston Hunter QC said that Claire expected the mattress to support her weight, but it failed.
He said: “It is the claimant’s case that the point at which she left the bed is precisely the location where the different height of the two divans was at its maximum.
“It represented the area where the mattress was most likely to ‘fall away’ due to the fact that it was partially unsupported.”
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