Duesseldorf, Germany - A German woman left paralysed after banging her head on a metal bedpost during sex with her boyfriend was awarded substantial compensation by a Duesseldorf court on Friday.

The bench stipulated that the 35-year-old secretary receive 774 325 German marks, more than seven times the amount first paid by an accident insurance company after the incident five years ago.

The woman was knocked unconscious at the time and was too ashamed to tell doctors the circumstances of her injury.

The insurers had refused to pay the full amount, saying they doubted the woman's story. During the case experts said they thought it was plausible that the woman had sustained the injuries during energetic lovemaking. - Sapa-DP