Every tort claim, regardless of its basis, whether negligence, strict liability or intentional has two basic vectors: liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained, and, if so, what is the extent of your damages?
It all comes down to "damages" - figuring out what your injuries have cost you physically, mentally and monetarily.
In a personal injury case, damages are paid to the plaintiff by the company/person who is found to be legally responsible for the accident/injury. A damage award can be agreed after a negotiated settlement among the parties, their insurance companies, and their attorneys or may be ordered by a judge or a jury following a civil court trial/lawsuit.