U.S. Senator Harry Reid, a 75-year-old Democrat who represents Nevada, filed a lawsuit on October 6 that contends a rubber band has ruined his sex life. Filed in a district court in Clark County, Nevada, the complaint detailed how a Theraband elastic changed his life. On January 1, 2015, “"The Theraband was mounted to a sturdy object in his bathroom. While in use, the Theraband broke or slipped out of Mr. Reid's hand, causing him to spin around and strike his face on a cabinet."
 
The document also alleges that the senior citizen "has suffered and continue 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." In addition, wife Landra Gould alleges she suffered a loss of marital union. The complaint detailed on page 15, “As a result of the negligent act(s) of the Defendants, Plaintiff, Landra Gould, was caused to suffer, and will continue to suffer a loss of consortium."
 
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks from the floor of the Senate shortly after his unfortunate mishap
 
In legal terminology, the loss of "consortium" refers to the “inability of one’s spouse to have normal marital relations, which is a euphemism for sexual intercourse.”
Senator Reid and wife Landra are suing the makers and sellers of Theraban: Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Co., The Hygenic Corp., and Performance Health LLC, for more than $50,000 in punitive damages.
 
The lawsuit contends that the defendants knew that the Theraband product poses a "danger of injury to consumers, especially to the elderly, as a result of TheraBands breaking or slipping out of their hands while mounted to various sturdy objects." TheraBand is an elastic band that is used therapeutically to strengthen muscles and joints.
 
Furthermore, the document says that the manufacturer did not "include warnings, either general or specific, regarding said dangers in the packaging insert in the TheraBand box owned by Plaintiff, HARRY REID."
 
Landra Gould and Sen. Harry Reid in happier days
 
Reid is taking legal counsel from attorney James M. Morgan of Las Vegas, Nevada. The website for the Lanzone-Morgan law firm says that it is primarily focused on elder abuse and nursing home abuse cases on behalf of elderly and dependent adults (and their families). 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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