Senator Harry Reid is recovering from injuries sustained during exercise at his Las Vegas home, according to recent reports. The outgoing Senate Majority Leader fell when a resistance band snapped during a workout routine, striking him in the face. Senator Reid, 75, struck some stationary equipment as a result of the fall, breaking bones near his right eye as well as some ribs.
His security personnel transported him to a Henderson hospital where he was kept overnight for observation. Fortunately, doctors found no internal bleeding or brain injury. Senator Reid is said to have sustained severe facial bruises. He is expected to make a full recovery.
This is not Senator Reid’s first accident. He also fell while running in 2011 and sustained injuries in a car crash in 2012.
Home Injuries Can Be Caused By Defective Products
Every year, 20 million people are injured in their own homes, according to statistics. Typical home injuries include falls, poisoning and burns. In some cases, defective products are to blame for these injuries.
A defective product is one that does not work properly when used as intended. In order to allege liability on the part of the manufacturer, an injured victim must show one of three things:
- The product is defectively designed. Sometimes products are designed in such a way that they cannot be used safely. In these cases, the manufacturers may be liable for the injuries caused by these defective designs. For example, if a baby seat allows a child to slip down and risk suffocation, the design of the seat may be defective.
- The product is defectively made. If the product was designed correctly but was defective in its manufacture, the company that produced it may be liable for damages. For example, if a toaster oven was designed correctly but assembled improperly, and this improper assembly causes a fire, the manufacturer may be liable.
- The product was defectively advertised. When a company advertises that a product will perform in a certain way, that company may be liable if the product does not perform as expected. For example, when a drug company misrepresents the side effects of a drug, the company may be liable for injuries to those who use the drug.
In Senator Reid’s case, the exercise band may have been defective. If that is the case, it is possible that the company that produced the band could be liable for damages.
The personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas are ready to help you with your product liability case. Contact us today to find out more about how you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries.