Basically, bodily injury refers to any injury to the body caused by another person. A bruise is a bodily injury just as a broken leg is a bodily injury.
The term “bodily injury” is sometimes used in criminal laws to refer to crimes that are more serious than other crimes. For example, a person could be charged with aggravated assault or simple assault. The aggravated assault would be where the assault resulted in bodily injury, and the simple assault would be where the assault did not hurt the person being assaulted.
“Bodily injury” is also used in insurance policies to state when there is coverage. Insurance policies will state that the insurance company will pay so much for bodily injury. If there is not any bodily injury, the insurance company will not pay any compensation. For example, if you were in a car accident and “scared to death”, but not injured, the insurance company will not pay you any compensation.
When you are injured by someone else such as in a car accident or in some other way, you may have a bodily injury claim for compensation for your injuries. You should be aware that your claim may include more than you think. See Bodily Injury Claim.
This is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.