Serious Physical Injury Law and Legal Definition

Serious physical injury means physical injury that causes serious or permanent disfigurement, serious impairment of health or loss or protracted impairment of the function of any bodily organ or limb and that creates a reasonable risk of death.

The term "serious physical injury" is defined under 42 USCS § 247d-6d (10) as an injury that:

(A) is life threatening;

(B) results in permanent impairment of a body function or permanent damage to a body structure; or

(C) necessitates medical or surgical intervention to preclude permanent impairment of a body function or permanent damage to a body structure.