Personal Injury 101

Personal injury law is the body of law that allows an individual to seek compensation in the event of harm caused by another party's carelessness, recklessness or intentional misconduct.

Personal injury claims are concerned with two key factors: The first factor is determining who is responsible, or who is liable, for causing the injury. The second factor is determining the amount of damages, or the amount of compensation the responsible party should be required to pay to the victim. Damages typically include medical bills, lost wages and more. These cases are typically governed by state law, but federal law sometimes applies.

Personal injury claims can be divided into three broad categories based on degrees of fault: negligence, intentional torts and strict liability torts. Most claims are negligence claims. The at-fault party caused harm because of a failure to exercise reasonable due care.

In a personal injury case, the party accused of causing the injury is referred to as the defendant. The injured person who is pursuing the case is called the plaintiff or the claimant. Typically, the defendant's insurance company represents the defendant. The plaintiff may need to enlist his or her own advocate in order to take on the insurance company.

Advocates For Injured People

At Munday & Nathan in Chicago, our attorneys have been standing up for the rights of injured people throughout Illinois and nationwide since 1991. We only represent plaintiffs. We never represent insurance companies in personal injury cases. We are true advocates.

  • We have earned a reputation for results in medical malpractice claims involving birth injuries, intensive care unit injuries, failure to diagnose and treat, and other matters.
  • We advocate on behalf of motor vehicle accident victims, including people hurt or killed in car crashes, truck wrecks, motorcycle collisions, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.
  • We are prepared to take on major manufacturers and their insurers when defective products cause harm to consumers. This includes defective automobile claims.

Our experience means we are well-equipped to take on cases involving the most serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, electrocutions and more. We also assist families of fatal accident victims in pursuing wrongful death claims.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about personal injury claims.

Your Consultation With A Lawyer Is Free

Want to learn more about personal injury claim? Want to explore your options if you or a family member has been hurt? Call us at 312-883-6644 or send us an email. We handle every case on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we get you compensation.