Direct Injury Law and Legal Definition

Direct injury means an injury happening directly from the violation of a legal right without any intervening injury. A direct injury is generally found when the plaintiff's injuries are not derivative of damage to a third party. For instance, when an individual complains about fraud, s/he is alleging that someone has induced him to part with something of value by means of deceit and trickery. Fraud in the technical sense does not occur until the individual has parted with his item of value, and until this point is reached the individual has not been damaged or hurt. Immediately upon the transfer, however, the initial injury occurs. The parting with the item of value by trickery is the direct injury, while everything which occurs thereafter is an indirect injury.