Senator Harry Reid is suing a company that makes and markets a flexible exercise band that he says broke or slipped from his hand during an arm-strengthening routine on New Year’s Day, causing the veteran lawmaker to fall and sustain face, rib and eye injuries.
Mr. Reid, the Senate minority leader from Nevada, and his wife, Landra Gould, are seeking more than $50,000 in damages from the elastic band’s makers, Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Co., The Hygenic Corp. and Performance Health LLC.
A legal representative of the company in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, did not immediately respond Wednesday to calls for comment.
Mr. Reid’s lawyer, Jim Wilkes of Florida, declined to comment beyond the 16-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in Clark County District Court here.
It calls the elastic resistive exercise band, the TheraBand, defective and unreasonably dangerous, particularly for the elderly, who might have trouble gripping it without handles.
The lawsuit alleges negligence, liability and failure to warn consumers about “dangers that may result from the use or foreseeable misuse” of the Theraband.
Mr. Reid, 75, underwent surgery, but he said that he had lost vision in his right eye as a result of his exercise injury.
He also sustained broken bones around his eye, fractured ribs, a concussion, cuts and bruises, the lawsuit says.
It seeks damages for Ms. Gould for the loss of marital consortium.
The band was mounted to “a sturdy object in the bathroom,” according to the suit, but it snapped while Mr. Reid pulled on it, causing him to spin around and strike his face on a cabinet at his new home in the Las Vegas area.
Mr. Reid announced less than three months later that he would not run for a sixth Senate term in 2016, and that planned to retire after 30 years.
via NY Times