if someone has incapacitating injuries, what does that mean?

AmbulanceAn incapacitating injury is any injury, other than a fatal one, which prevents a person from walking, driving or continuing the activities they were capable of performing before the injury occurred.

The individual will often require hospitalization after an incapacitating injury.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that nearly 300,000 Americans suffer these injuries every year as a result of auto accidents.

A non-incapacitating injury is one from which a person can leave under their own power; things like bruises, abrasions, a flesh wound, or something that causes one to limp, but still allows them to get around.

Updated on Saturday, March 10 2012 at 01:36AM EST