What is “Substantial bodily harm” in the State of Washington?

March 24, 2017

After a car accident or other injury, people may unfortunately become aware of the phrase “Substantial bodily harm”. In other instances, when people are charged with vehicular assault, it is usually because they injured someone while driving under the influence (DUI) or were driving recklessly with “disregard to the safety of others”. Depending on the severity of the injuries, they may be considered “substantial”. That said, the definition of this term varies from state to state.

What is “Substantial bodily harm” in the State of Washington?

In the State of Washington, as defined by RCW 9A.04.110(4)(b), “Substantial bodily harm” means bodily injury which involves a temporary but substantial disfigurement, or which causes a temporary but substantial loss or impairment of the function of any bodily part or organ, or which causes a fracture of any bodily part.

Reference: RCW 9A.04.110(4)(b)

Examples of Substantial bodily harm

Examples of Substantial bodily harm include but are not limited to:

  • Lacerations and cuts
  • Some bone fractures
  • Stitches and minor scarring

Do you need a Spokane injury lawyer?

If you were injured by a DUI driver or by someone who was driving recklessly, contact us today for a free, confidential consultation. CCD Law has been serving clients in the Spokane area since 1948. Please also feel free to visit our page dedicated to car accidents in Spokane.

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