Near Fatality Law and Legal Definition

Near fatality refers to a severe childhood injury or condition caused by abuse or neglect which results in the child receiving critical care for at least 24 hours following the child’s admission to a critical care unit.

The following is an example of a case law defining near fatality:

Near fatality means an injury that, as certified by a physician, places a child in serious or critical condition.[KRS § 600.020].