chapter  8
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Blunt and Sharp Force Injuries

Wounds to the body can be intentional or accidental. Intentional wounds can be inflicted by self or others. Wounds can also be classified by the type of trauma caused:

• Wounds due to blunt trauma • Wounds caused by sharp or pointed objects

The significance of such wounds relates to the angle, force, and instrument used to cause the wound and to the appearance of the tissue surrounding the wound. The importance of a precise wound classification is twofold-it allows clarity of communication among forensic investigators and aids in reconstruction of events causing injury.