8 Quick Facts About Senator Harry Reid’s Personal Injury Lawsuit
Senator Harry Reid’s local slip and fall attorney recently filed a personal injury lawsuit, and for many, it’s no big surprise. He was injured early in 2015, and has been working remotely quite a bit since the event. However, reports of what has happened, and what the expected outcome is, vary greatly depending on the source. Here’s a quick explanation of what really happened to the Senate minority leader, why it’s caused so much buzz, and what will come out of the lawsuit.
- Senator Reid was injured by an exercise band. The court documents, as provided by NPR News, indicate that on January 1, 2015, Reid was using elastic exercise bands in his Nevada home, when they either slipped out if his hand or broke. This caused him to spin, and fall into his bathroom cabinets, resulting in serious injury. According to Reid, he had been using the exercise bands as part of his fitness routine for about four years. It’s also worth noting that although Reid is 75-years-old, he is a lifelong athlete.
- The senator suffered from several broken bones, and was treated right away. His injuries include broken bones around his eye, a rib fracture, concussion, and bruising. The damage around his eye is so severe, that it has caused potentially permanent vision loss.
- Conspiracy theories began circulating by major media outlets in March 2015. Two of the most well-known entities are Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart.com. Limbaugh has been outright announcing that it looks more like the senator was beat up, and draws upon stories of mob ties from decades ago. Breitbart has been mostly examining “evidence” they’ve been able to collect. Some of this includes photos of the home taken before the senator moved in, as well as layouts and measurements. By their latest assumptions, the incident could not have happened as the lawsuit alleges.
- He will not be running for reelection. Reid said in a March address that although the injury is not the reason why he has chosen not to run for reelection, it kicked off a series of events that contributed to his decision. Prior to this speech, he had been consistently saying that he would run again, and would continue to serve for as long as he was able.
- He filed the lawsuit October 6, 2015, in Clark County Nevada. Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Company, the Hygenic Corporation, and Performance Health LLC, the exercise band maker and two related companies, are listed as defendants. Though a specific amount of damages was not listed, the lawsuit does state they will be seeking an amount in excess of $50,000.
- The suit is based on the exercise device being dangerous, especially for the elderly. While it’s unclear whether the band broke, or Reid’s hands slipped, documents indicate that the product was poorly made, and that handles could have possibly prevented the injury.
- The senator’s wife is listed as a plaintiff in the suit, alleging “loss of consortium.” While this, too, has become quite a tabloid topic, many people are overlooking the fact that this claim is wide-reaching, and may simply mean that Reid has been unable to take part in family activities and maintain relationships as a result of his injuries or mental anguish.
- It’s unclear how the accident happened, and that will play a role in the case. Anyone who has been involved in a similar incident, especially where concussions occur, understands that it can be difficult to provide details of the order of events. Although Reid’s wife was with him at the time of the incident, it appears as if she doesn’t know what the catalyst was either. Because Reid will have to prove that he was using the exercise band in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, the lack of details may become an issue. At the same time, if he is seeking damages for the injury ending his political career, his video statement will likely nullify the claim.
The lawsuit may allow the defendants access to all sorts of things, including Reid’s personal history, medical history, and financial documents. Given his status, and inability to prove how events unfolded, it’s possible he will attempt to settle, rather than going for an all-out court battle. For the sake of public relations, it’s quite likely that the defendants will be amicable in a settlement agreement.