Whatever befalls you, sue.
According to Courthouse News, Harry Reid is suing the maker of the elastic exercise band he was using when he had an accident in the bathroom of his Henderson home on New Year’s Day. The accident left him blind in his right eye.
The suit, get this, says, “The TheraBand was mounted to a sturdy object in his bathroom. While in use, the TheraBand broke or slipped out of Mr. Reid’s hand, causing him to spin around and strike his face on a cabinet.” Which is it? Broke or slipped? If it broke, surely there would be two pieces, right?
The Nevada senator and Senate minority leader at first told reporters the band broke but later changed his story, saying the band slipped.
“Reid says he suffered severe pain and injuries as a result of the mishap, including broken ribs and orbital bones, severe disfigurement, facial lacerations and bruising, a concussion, scarring and loss of vision in his right eye,” the story recounts. It goes on to say that Reid said the maker of the band did not include warnings that the band might break or to use a safer design.
It also notes Nevada law that defines an “elderly person” as one 60 or older.
The suit says Reid sustained more than $50,000 in damages.
Common sense is so uncommon.
Adding to Reid’s tale of woe and apparent attempt to hit the lawsuit lottery are accounts from Breitbart News that show pictures of bathrooms in homes like the one Reid and his wife recently moved into and raise questions about how such an accident could have occurred as Reid described. The photos don’t seem to show where a band could be attached so that its breaking or slipping would cause Reid to spin around and strike a cabinet, unless he attached the band to a rather flimsy looking shower glass door.
Reid announced earlier this year he will not be seeking re-election in 2016. He has a net worth of $10 million.
There should have been a warning label.
Reid’s suit accuses the elastic band maker of failing “to warn consumers and learned intermediaries of the danger of the bands’ likelihood of braking and of causing injuries to the elderly …”
The company will probably settle in secret and pay Reid and his lawyers some undisclosed settlement payment, but it would be nice to see some company have the brass to fight such suits claiming product users were not warned of potential mishaps that any rational person could have anticipated.