Real Injury Law and Legal Definition

Real injury refers to an injury inflicted by any fact by which a person's honor or dignity is affected. An example is striking one with a cane. At law, injuries are divided into two classes, based on the means used by the wrong doer. They are verbal injuries and real injuries. Injuries made by words are verbal injuries. Injuries by act amount to real injuries. In the case of a real injury, a person’s dignity or honor is affected.

“A criminal defendant suffers a real injury when the prosecutor excludes jurors at his or her own trial on account of race”. [Powers v. Ohio, 499 U.S. 400, 413 (U.S. 1991)]