Reid set to testify in suit against exercise band maker

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Attorneys say former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is due to testify Thursday in his negligence lawsuit against the maker of the exercise device TheraBand.

Product chief Allison Ryan of Ohio-based device maker Hygenic Corp. returned to the witness stand Wednesday.

Reid blames the company for injuries he suffered when his grip slipped and he fell while using a flexible physical resistance band in his bathroom on New Year's Day 2015.

A company lawyer calls it an accident and says it was Reid's fault.

The 79-year-old former Democratic Senate majority leader was blinded in one eye, and he says that forced his retirement after 30 years in the Senate.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. It claims negligence and failure to warn the product is "unreasonably dangerous" for elderly people like Reid.

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Testimony is set to resume in former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's civil negligence lawsuit against the maker of the exercise device TheraBand.

Product development chief Allison Ryan of Ohio-based Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Co. is due back on the witness stand Wednesday.

Reid blames the company for injuries he suffered when his grip slipped and he fell while using a flexible physical resistance device in his bathroom on New Year's Day 2015.

It's not clear when the 79-year-old former Democratic Senate majority leader will testify.

He was blinded in one eye, and says the injury forced his decision to retire after 30 years in the Senate.

His lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

It claims negligence and failure to warn the product is "unreasonably dangerous" for elderly people like Reid.

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Opening arguments are scheduled in former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's lawsuit against the maker of a flexible exercise band that he says slipped from his hand while he used it in 2015, causing him to fall and suffer lasting injuries including blindness in one eye.

Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price says a jury in Las Vegas was seated Tuesday for the civil trial in Nevada state court.

The 79-year-old former Senate Democratic party leader and his wife, Landra Gould, seek damages from Ohio-based Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Co. and subsidiaries that make the product called TheraBand.

Reid's lawsuit alleges negligence and calls the elastic physical resistance band defective and unreasonably dangerous, particularly for the elderly.

The company says Reid got hurt because he misused the exercise band.

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