Decatur Personal Injury Attorneys
We provide our clients with the knowledge, support, and counsel they need to make informed decisions about their cases. Because our firm specializes in personal injury cases, our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of Illinois personal injury law. Our attorneys have the experience to be suitably aggressive when the situation calls for it.
We handle all matters related to claims for damages when injuries have been caused by the wrongful acts of others. We are the liaison with insurers, working to minimize the risk of delay or denial. We prepare and file all necessary documentation and act on your behalf in all hearings or proceedings.
We will help you seek full and fair compensation for all your losses, including wages and income, medical expenses, and physical pain and suffering, and we will fight to get you the resources to pay for essential needs like medical supplies, a wheelchair, vehicle adaptation, handicap accessible housing and personal assistance.
Our Decatur Personal Injury Attorneys
Robert W. McCarthy
A native of Lincoln, Illinois, Mr. McCarthy served 22 years in the Illinois Legislature, being elected in 1954 to the Illinois House of Representatives. He served there until 1960, when he was elected to the Illinois Senate. Since his legislative career ended in 1976, he has practiced law in Decatur, Illinois full time.
Robert W. McCarthy was a graduate of the University of Illinois Law School in 1946, following service in the U.S. Army in World War II. His practice limited to worker’s compensation and personal injury claims for the injured party. Mr. McCarthy has been, both in the legislative and in his practice, an advocate for the injured worker.
Hugh H. Rowden
A native of Decatur, Illinois, Mr. Rowden graduated from University of Illinois in 1969 and received his law degree from University of Iowa in 1972. He is licensed to practice law in the States of Illinois and Iowa, and in United States Federal Courts.
Mr. Rowden served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Sangamon County, Springfield, Illinois, from 1972 – 1974. He has been in the continuous private practice of law with McCarthy, Rowden & Baker and its predecessors since 1974. He is a member of Breakfast Sertoma and serves on the Decatur Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is a member of the Decatur Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Civil Practice and Procedure. He represents clients in Trial and Appellate Courts and before the Illinois Industrial Commission.
Mr. Rowden’s practice is concentrated in Adoption, Estate Planning/Wills, Family Law, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, and Worker’s Compensation.
Ryan L. Baker
Native of Lincoln, Illinois, Mr. Baker graduated from Lincoln College. He then graduated from University of Illinois and continued on to law school at the University of Akron, where he graduated law school in 1992. While in school he was a law clerk for the United States Sixth District Court, as well as a law clerk to the general counsel, Illinois Department of Public Aid. Mr. Baker is an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Baker has practiced with McCarthy, Rowden and Baker since his law school graduation in 1992. He is currently a partner.
Ryan Baker’s practice is concentrated in Worker’s Compensation.
John N. Cannon
John graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. He then continued on to law school at Southern Illinois University, where he graduated in 1999. John was admitted to the Illinois Bar in May of 2000 and has been a partner with the firm since 2006.
John is currently a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Decatur Bar Association. His practice is concentrated on resolution of personal injury claims through negotiations with insurance companies and conducting jury trials.