Former US sen Harry Reid speaks from the witness stand, Thursday, 28. March 2019, in Las Vegas. Reid testified in his negligence suit against the makers of the exercise device. (Associated Press)
Former U.S. sen. Harry Reid was the victim of a faulty movement device to learn — or of his own failure to use it properly?
That is what a jury will have to decide on a study, the action now in progress in Nevada over Reid’s, in which he claims he took a nasty fall when a Thera-band exercise device slipped from his hands, in January 2015.
“I hurt myself really bad,” Reid, 79, who now uses a wheelchair, testified on Thursday. “I just knew that I was hurt, and I needed to get some help.”
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Reid is on his right eye blind since the accident, which he blamed on an “unreasonably dangerous” elastic physical resistance band.
He also claims that because of his violations of his US Senate career was cut short. Reid, a Democrat, who retired as Senate minority leader in January 2017 after the in the Senate for 30 years.
But Laurin Quiat, a lawyer for TheraBand, made from Hygenic Corp., Ohio, said Reid is to blame for his own injuries because he needs simply miss the product.
The lawyer cited reports from the office of the Attending physician indicate that the Congress-movement-Advisor tried for months to teach Reid how to improve his technique during the use of the tapes of his doctors ” requirement, the Washington Times reported.
On the day of the accident, Reid said, he turned and fell against the cabinets in the bathroom during the use of the fitness product.
Reid, seeks unspecified damages in the lawsuit, said he had the tape pulled by a metal handle to a glass door, while carrying out a exercise routine before you lose, its grip. He said that the device should have been designed with handles, but it was.
The lawsuit claims he suffered a concussion, broken orbital bone, severe disfigurement of his face, bruising and lacerations in his face, the hand, injuries, scars, broken ribs, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The accident, Reid says, was the cause of his departure from the Senate.
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“I knew I had to get out was from the hospital, as fast as I can, and back to Washington … for the position of the Senate that I was fine and would be back,” Reid testified. “At the time, I was not sure if I could be. But I have a good one.”
Reid said his vision loss affected his depth perception, and reading ability. Two months after his injury, he decided not to again stand for election in 2016, to put an end to his three-decade career in the Senate.
During his two hours on the witness, Reid also testified that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The former Senate leader, underwent a course of chemotherapy after surgery for his cancer, the affected vertebrae in his back. Reid said that he will try now to go back to its ability.
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“My pancreatic cancer is in remission,” he said. “But my attitude is really gone. I can’t get up.”
Reid is due back to court to resume testimony on Friday.