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Harry Reid Suing Exercise Equipment Firm Over Eye Injury

Reid conducts his first news conference in the Capitol on Jan. 22 after injuring himself in a exercise accident. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:55 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are suing the manufacturer of the exercise band that slipped or snapped, leading to the Nevada Democrat's eye injury.  

According to court documents filed in Clark County, Nev., Reid alleges that the injury resulted from a faulty exercise resistance band, causing more than $50,000 in damages.

"As a result of the TheraBand breaking or slipping out of his hand, Plaintiff Harry Reid has suffered and continues to suffer from severe pain and injuries including, but not limited to, loss of vision in his right eye, a concussion, broken orbital bones, severe disfigurement and bruising to his face, hand injuries, facial lacerations, scarring, and broken ribs," according to the complaint, which was obtained by Nevada journalist Jon Ralston.  

The complaint also indicated that the injuries could affect Reid's ability to secure employment. He plans to retire at the expiration of his current Senate term at the beginning of 2017.  

The New Year's Day accident has led to Reid going blind in his right eye, and he has been asked repeatedly if he would seek damages from the manufacturer.

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