Injury Fact Sheets

Publication Date: 
December 2004


What is an Injury?

Injury usually means physical harm to the body. Examples include broken bones, cuts, poisoning and burns.

Physical injury results from harmful contact between people and objects, substances, or other things in their surroundings. Examples include falls, being struck by a car, or drowning.

Injuries can be divided into two categories; intentional (i.e. assault, suicide, etc.) and unintentional. Most injuries are unintentional and can be prevented.