Definition of Bodily Injury

Jul 20

The Indiana Code defines bodily injury as any impairment of physical condition, including physical pain, and if you’ve suffered such an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you’ll address the matter in a personal injury claim. These negligence-based claims may be quite challenging, and having an experienced personal injury attorney in Indiana on your side is always in your best interest.


Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury claims are based on bodily injuries that are caused by negligence and they can take a wide range of forms, including:

  • Traffic accidents, such as car, truck, motorcycle, and bike accidents
  • Premises liability claims, such as slip and fall accidents, and dog bites
  • Claims involving serious bodily injuries, including brain and spinal injuries

In cases where an individual passes away as a result of another person’s actions, the claim is known as a wrongful death claim.


Bodily Injury and Loss

In your personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for your damages, such as physical, financial, and emotional losses as they relate to your bodily injuries. 

Medical Expenses

The medical costs associated with even a relatively minor injury can be significant, and more serious injuries can lead to overwhelming expense, especially if there are ongoing healthcare concerns or you experience complications. Common medical bills associated with personal injury claims include:

  • Emergency care and transportation
  • Surgery and aftercare 
  • Hospitalization
  • Medical treatments, procedures, and tests
  • Treatment and care from medical professionals
  • Pain management 
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Prescription medications

Lost Income

A bodily injury can keep you off the job for long stretches and as a result, you can suffer lost earnings. While this is difficult enough in the face of the mounting medical bills you are experiencing, it can be all the more so if your injuries lead to a decrease in your earning potential – or if your career path is altered. 

Your Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering

There is also the matter of the physical and emotional pain and suffering you endure as a result of the other party’s negligence to take into consideration. This aspect of your damages can be very difficult to overcome and can make your overall recovery that much more challenging. 

In order to reach your most complete physical, financial, and emotional recovery, your personal injury claim should reflect your full range of losses – in their entirety – and a dedicated personal injury attorney can help to ensure that you make a claim for all your losses.


Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Indiana Personal Injury Attorney Today

The bodily injuries you sustain as a result of someone else’s negligence can be considerable, and the compassionate Indiana personal injury attorneys at Blackburn Romey dedicate their impressive practice to advocate for the legal rights and compensation of our clients. We are here to help, so please don’t delay contacting or calling us for more information today.


Tom Blackburn

Blackburn Romey founding partner Tom Blackburn graduated with honors receiving a degree from Indiana University at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Initiating his legal career in 1977, he has been active in practicing law and currently serves as a member of the Indiana State Bar Association on the Ethics and Advertising Committees, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, as a board member at the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and as an appointed member of the Executive Committee for the State of Indiana for the National Trial Lawyers Association.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Tom Blackburn, who has more than 47 years of legal experience, including over 39 years specializing as a personal injury attorney.