Serious Bodily Injury – a serious physical impairment of the human body that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any body part or organ

serious bodily injury:
(1843)

1. Serious physical impairment of the human body; especially, bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any body part or organ. Model Penal Code § 210.0(3).  *  Typically, the fact-finder must decide in an given case whether the injury meets this general standard.  Generally, an injury meets this standard if it creates a substantial risk of fatal consequences or, when inflicted, constitutes mayhem. — Abbr. SBI. — aka serious bodily harm; grievous bodily harm; great bodily injury.  Cf. MAYHEM (1). [1]

1. An injury which gives rise to apprehension; an injury which is attended with danger.  (Webster’s Dictionary.)  George v State, 21 Tex App 315, 317.
     The word “serious,” when used to define the degree of bodily harm or injury apprehended, requires or implies as hiagh a degree as the word “great,” and the latter word means high in degree, as contradistinguished from trifling.  Lawlor v People, 74 Ill 228, 231. [2]

1. An injury that gives rise to a reasonable fear for the life of the person who has been injured. [3]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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