It really doesn't matter how rich, famous or powerful you are. No one is immune from defective or dangerous products. This is amply illustrated by the recent lawsuit filed by U.S. senator Harry Reid.
According to WHEC News, the 75-year-old senator bought an elastic exercise band (marketed as a "Thera-Band" by Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Co., The Hygenic Corp. and Performance Health LLC). He fastened it in the bathroom of his new house and proceeded to begin an arm-strengthening exercise routine.
However, Reid asserts that the band unexpectedly snapped, causing him to fall and strike his face on a nearby cabinet. He suffered fractured ribs, broken bones in his face and a concussion, among other injuries. In addition, he suffered vision loss in his right eye, which even surgery wasn't able to correct.
Reid and his wife, Landra Gould, have filed a product liability lawsuit against the Thera-Band manufacturer. They are asking for more than $50,000 to compensate for his injuries and the damage to their marital relationship (i.e., "loss of consortium").
Reid's attorney claims that the exercise band company was negligent and should be held liable for creating a product that may be difficult for older adults to grip properly. In addition, he says the company didn't properly warn people about the potential dangers.
Of course, few of us use elastic exercise bands. Even fewer of us are U.S. senators. However, the right to seek justice and compensation for negligence-related injuries is a privilege that all Americans share.
Whether you were in an accident due to a defective car part, you were injured by a dangerous power tool or your child was harmed by a poorly constructed toy, you have the right to consult a products liability lawyer and potentially recover money for your losses. Don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and options.