1. “Serious injury” means any of the following:

 a. Disabling mental illness.
 b. Bodily injury which does any of the following:

 (1) Creates a substantial risk of death.
 (2) Causes serious permanent disfigurement.
 (3) Causes protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
 c. Any injury to a child that requires surgical repair and necessitates the administration of general anesthesia.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 702.18

  • Child: includes child by adoption. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
 2. “Serious injury” includes but is not limited to skull fractures, rib fractures, and metaphyseal fractures of the long bones of children under the age of four years.