The most important things to remember when using a no win no fee solicitors:
- No win no fee is an agreement that protects you from paying legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.
- No win no fee takes all of the financial risk out of making a claim. There are no upfront or hidden costs. You will not have to pay a penny if your claim is not successful.
- You will only pay a fee if your claim is successful, and the amount will be agreed upon when you enter into the agreement at the start of the claim process.
- You have three years from the accident date or three years from the date a medical professional diagnosed your injuries to start a no win no fee claim.
- The amount of compensation you may receive will depend on how severe your injuries are and how long it may take to recover.
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- Over 1,000 years of combined legal expertise
- We’ll get you more compensation than anyone else
- Early payments to cover your expenses*
- We win the cases other firms can’t
- Fully independent, and fully regulated.
* Where applicable
When can I make a no win no fee claim?
You can enter into a no win no fee agreement with our solicitors for any type of personal injury claim, including;
Accident at work claims such as claims for factory and warehouse injury claims, electric shock claims, crush injury claims, slips, trips and falls at work claims, as well as claims for inadequate training or defective machinery.
All of our legal services are offered on a no win no fee basis. With over 20 years of success and over 1000 years of combined legal experience, your no win no fee claim is in safe hands.
How do I know if my no win no fee claim will be successful?
When you contact our specialist no win no fee solicitors, they will let you know if you have legal grounds to make a claim.
We’ll assess your case in a free initial consultation before advising whether we can take on your claim. Many people come to us after being rejected by other solicitors, and we have a long history of winning cases that other firms can’t.
What fees will I have to pay if my no win no fee claim is successful?
Any fees you will pay will be agreed upon at the start of the claim process, so you’ll know exactly what to expect when your claim settles.
Costs are usually limited to a pre-agreed “success fee,” the insurance premium’s cost to cover the claim if it was unsuccessful, and any basic legal costs that can’t be recovered from the other party.
Most solicitors deduct a maximum of 25% of the compensation amount as a success fee.
When your claim is successful, the majority of the legal costs, fees and associated expenses, as well as the compensation amount you are awarded, is always paid by the party at fault’s insurance company.
Depending on the type of no win no fee claim, this could be the other side’s motor insurance company for a road traffic accident or a company’s employer liability insurance if you’ve been injured in an accident at work.
What fees will I have to pay if my no win no fee claim is unsuccessful?
The insurance policy put in place at the start of the claim is put in place for exactly this reason – to cover all legal costs, associated fees and expenses. The policy protects you from any costs, so you are safe knowing you will have nothing to pay if the claim is not successful.
You’ll claim more with us.
We have recovered an additional £21.2m more in compensation for clients who switched to us from their previous firm.
Contact us now to discover the real value of your claim.
Are there other ways to fund a no win no fee claim?
There are three alternatives to using an after-the-event insurance policy in a no win no fee claim.
Trade union membership. If you are a member of a trade union, you may be able to use their legal services, or you may already have an insurance policy as part of your membership that could be used instead of an ATE policy. Speak to your trade union rep if you need clarification on what you have in place, and then speak to our solicitors, and we can advise if this is sufficient.
Legal Aid – Legal aid may pay legal fees and costs for some personal injury claims, such as birth injuries. Speak to our solicitors to see if this is possible for your compensation claim.
Existing insurance policies – Often, home and car insurance policies come with an added legal protection benefit. Such benefits can also be found with agreements from some credit card providers.
How much personal injury compensation can I claim?
Is there a time limit to making a no win no fee compensation claim?
In most cases, you have up to three years from the accident date or three years from the date a medical professional diagnosed your injuries to start a no win no fee claim.
The three-year time limit to claim compensation is known as the statute of limitations and applies to all personal injury claims. However, the three-year time limit does not apply if you claim for someone with limited mental capacity or if the injuries prevented them from claiming within three years.
If you are claiming for a child, you have until the child reaches their 21st birthday to start your claim.
We recommend you start your no win no fee claim as soon after your accident as possible, as we have the best chance of collecting all the evidence we need to mount the strongest case.
We understand the financial impact of an accident.
In 99% of cases, we recovered more compensation than the insurer’s first offer. We’ll provide financial security with our interim payments wherever possible, meaning you don’t need to rush into an offer that is lower than you’re legally entitled to.
How much compensation could I receive for my no win no fee claim?
The compensation you may receive for your no win no fee claim will depend on how severe your injuries are and how long it may take to recover.
No win no fee accident and injury compensation claim calculator
Our no win no fee injury claims calculator below provides a guide to the approximate amount of compensation you may be able to claim for your injuries.
The calculator considers the part of your body you have injured and the severity of your injuries and provides an approximate compensation payout based on recent case law and the Judicial College Guidelines.
Alternatively, see our table of no win no fee accident compensation claim amounts at the bottom of this page or use our personal injury claims calculator to calculate your potential compensation claim amount.
Find out how much you could claim
Compensation amounts are estimated based on the level of injury below
These amounts shown in our calculator only consider the compensation you could claim for your injuries, known as General Damages.
In addition, you can also claim for Special damages to cover expenses you may have already incurred or will incur because of your injury.
Such expenses may include, but would not be limited to;
- Any loss of income you may have suffered
- Any medical treatment you may require
- Any costs for the care you may have or will need to receive, even if provided by a family member
- Any out-of-pocket expenses you or anyone who has cared for you may have incurred
- Any out-of-pocket expenses you may have incurred because of your injuries
What is the no win no fee claim process?
We’ve worked hard to make the claims process as simple as possible for you, and we’ll handle all the complicated legal work – you can simply keep track of the progress via our client portal.
The process is broadly defined by five stages:
- Initial assessment
- Consultation and fact-finding
- Claim submission
- Settlement and payment
Initial claim assessment
When you contact Express Solicitors about a no win no fee claim, you will be able to tell our new client team about your accident.
The more evidence you can provide, the easier and quicker it may be for us to assess your legal rights to making a no win no fee claim.
Evidence such as the date and time, location of the accident, and any details you can remember about the accident and who you think is to blame can help us understand your legal position.
Consultation and fact-finding
Next, we gather any further evidence to support your claim, including writing to witnesses, obtaining more information from you and contacting your employer about any financial losses.
This might include copies of your medical records and attending a medical appointment with an independent expert medical expert so they can prepare a medical report on your injuries.
When we have enough information, we will notify the party you believe are responsible for causing your accident and inform them that a claim is being made against them. This will either be the person responsible for your accident directly, a company, public body or insurer. They are known as the defendant.
If the defendant admits fault (liability), we negotiate a settlement based on the medical evidence and any other losses (special damages) that form the total compensation amount.
If liability is denied, the defendant must give reasons and provide documentation to support this decision. We will conduct any necessary investigation to dispute these reasons and secure an admission of liability.
We may issue court proceedings during this stage if the defendant doesn’t admit liability or the settlement offer is not acceptable to you. It’s very rare for a claim to go all the way to court, even when proceedings are issued.
Settlement and payment
The defendant can make an offer of compensation for settlement at any time. At Express Solicitors, we pride ourselves on being able to negotiate with the defendant and their insurers to secure the best compensation we can for clients. Usually, most cases settle without the need for a court trial.
Once your claim has been settled, we will pay your compensation into your bank account once it is received, usually within 21 days of settlement being reached.
Unlimited legal support.
That’s right, we provide unlimited legal support for our prospective clients. Not sure if you have a claim, or if you even want to make a claim?
You can speak with us for as long as you like and as many times as you like. We’ll let you know your legal rights, completely free of charge and with no obligation to make a claim.
How long does a no win no fee claim take?
The amount of time your no win no fee claim may take will depend on several factors, including the circumstances of your claim, how quickly the other side admits fault and the severity of your injuries.
Some cases can take as little as three months, while others can take considerably longer if they are complex. Speak to our specialist no win no fee solicitors today about your claim, and we can advise you on the length of time your claim may take.
Can you take over my no win no fee claim from my current solicitors?
We would be happy to discuss your claim if you are not satisfied with your current solicitors. We have a long history of clients switching to us and, in such instances, have recovered an additional £21.2m in compensation on their behalf.
Are no win no fee claims regulated?
No win no fee compensation claims started in the UK in 1995. Set up to help people who recover from injuries suffered through no fault of their own without worrying about the financial burden of making a claim.
Until April 2013, the losing side insurance company usually paid all the legal costs involved, meaning the injured party would receive 100% of their compensation.
However, as part of the Jackson reforms, the government introduced new regulations for no win no fee claims reducing the amount solicitors could recover for their legal services. The amount solicitors can charge is now capped at a legal maximum of 25% of the compensation awarded.
Further changes were introduced for whiplash claims in 2021, reducing the amount of compensation awarded for soft tissue injuries.
The table below includes estimated no win no fee compensation claim settlements. Please contact our solicitors to find out how much your claim may be worth.
No win no fee head injury compensation claim amounts
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Head||Minor||£1,880.00 to £10,890.00||Covers head injury with recovery within a few weeks. Higher compensation if symptoms include headaches.|
|Head||Moderate||£13,430.00 to £112,130.00||Symptoms ranging from poor concentration, lower and higher risk of epileptic attacks, minor personality changes, depression, more severe intellectual impairment, or injuries/symptoms leading to a vegetative state.|
|Head||Serious||£186,890.00 £240,590.00||Covers reduced life expectancy, serious physical symptoms, serious changes to personality or intellect, large dependence on others due to paralysis or otherwise.|
|Head||Severe||£240,590.00 to £344,640.00||Covers minimally conscious state (life expectancy less than 15 years), severe disability, brain damage with little/no response, vegetative states needing full-time nursing.|
|Eye||Severe||£56,080.00to £229,260.00||Complete blindness on one/both eyes or severe visual impairment on one/both eyes.|
|Face||Minor||£1,460.00 to £7,460.00||Light or no scarring on the face, but no fractures, loss/damage of one/two front teeth, simple fractures of the jaw or nose, but with a possibility of complete recovery.|
|Face||Serious||£15,320.00 to £26,010.00||More serious fractures such as a broken jaw or nose, breaking/damage/loss of several teeth.|
|Face||Severe||£26,010.00 to £38,850.00||Severe injuries resulting in facial disfigurement, several jaw fractures, chronic tooth pain, and scarring. May lead to eating restrictions or higher risk of joint arthritis. Covers negative effects on mental health.|
|Ear/ hearing||Minor||Up to £5,980.00||Possible Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), slight/occasional tinnitus.|
|Ear/ hearing||Moderate||£12,700.00 to £25,350.00||Partial hearing loss or mild to severe tinnitus.|
|Ear/ hearing||Serious||£25,350.00 to £38,850.00||Complete deafness in one ear. Severity varies based on additional symptoms (e.g. dizziness, tinnitus, etc.).|
|Ear/ hearing||Severe||£77,430.00 to £120,040.00||Complete deafness in both ears. Higher compensation for child injuries also resulting in a loss of speech.|
No win no fee injury compensation amounts for back, neck, shoulders and upper body injuries
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Neck||Minor||Up to £6,680.00||Soft tissue injuries or whiplash with recovery within 3 – 24 months. Compensation factors include severity of pain and amount of negative effects on everyday life.|
|Neck||Moderate||£7,410.00 to £47,760.00||Covers injuries that accelerated a pre-existing condition, disc lesions, cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement, permanent and/or recurring pain, all caused by fractures or dislocations.|
|Neck||Severe||£56,100.00 to £139,210.00||Serious fractures, severe soft tissue damage, chronic pain conditions, disc damage, partial paraplegia, or significant, permanent disability.|
|Back||Minor||£2,090.00 to £10,670.00||Includes lighter strains, sprains, disc prolapses, and soft tissue injuries. Recovery between 3 months and 5 years.|
|Back||Moderate||£11,730.00 to £26,050.00||Includes: spinal fusion, compressed or fractured lumbar spine (possibly resulting in higher risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain), prolapsed discs and other injuries that may require surgery and a continued acceleration/worsening of a pre-existing back condition.|
|Back||Severe||£36,390.00 to £151,070.00||Typically requires surgery. Injuries include: damaged spinal cord and partial paralysis, psychological issues, loss of bladder and/or bowel function, disc lesions, impaired movement, arthritis, etc.|
|Shoulder||Minor||Up to £6,730.00||Soft tissue injury resulting in pain. Full recovery between 3 – 24 months.|
|Shoulder||Serious||£10,890.00 to £16,380.00||Fractured humerus, clavicle or rotator cuff needing surgery.|
|Shoulder||Severe||£16,380.00 to £40,970.00||Significant disability caused by severe damage to the neck or brachial plexus.|
|Pelvis & hips||Minor||£3,370.00 to £10,750.00||Complete recovery after minor soft tissue injuries. Little or no disability within 2 years.|
|Pelvis & hips||Moderate||£10,750.00 to £33,430.00||No serious disability, but covers injuries requiring hip operations, replacement of hips (or the need for either in the future).|
|Pelvis & hips||Severe||£33,430.00 to £111,690.00||Severe hip/pelvis fractures resulting in bowel damage or spinal fusion, childbirth complications, hip replacement, and/or leading to higher likelihood of future surgery.|
|Scarring (not facial)||Minor||£2,020.00 to £7,380.00||One noticeable scar or several superficial, unsightly scars on the legs, arms, or hands.|
|Scarring (not facial||Moderate||Up to £7,380.00||Full recovery within 2 years, up to a partial recovery with symptoms that are not largely debilitating.|
|Scarring (not facial||Severe||£6,680.00 to £19,390.00||Several noticeable laceration scars or a single disfiguring scar.|
No win no fee injury compensation amounts for arm, hand, and finger injuries
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Arm||Mild||£5,630.00 to £16,380.00||Fractured forearm.|
|Arm||Moderate||£16,380.00 to £33,430.00||Serious arm injury leading to long-lasting symptoms.|
|Arm||Serious||£33,430.00 to £111,690.00||Serious injury resulting in an inability to use the arm(s) to some extent. Does not result in amputation.|
|Arm||Severe||£82,040.00 to £255,930.00||Results may include the amputation of one/both arms. Compensation amount will depends on amputated area, whether phantom pain is experienced, and on other effects on the quality of life.|
|Elbow||Moderate||Up to £10,750.00||Includes: tennis elbow, deep cuts, simple fractures, no permanent damage.|
|Elbow||Serious||£13,360.00 to £27,320.00||Results in restricted movement but does not require surgery or cause disability.|
|Elbow||Severe||£33,430.00 to £46,780.00||Injury causes severe disability or requires surgery.|
|Wrist||Moderate||Up to £8,740.00||Uncomplicated Colles fracture or minor undisplaced fractures with recovery between 1 – 2 years. May include use of plasters.|
|Wrist||Serious||£10,750.00 to £20,900.00||Soft tissue damage or broken wrist causing some permanent disability.|
|Wrist||Severe||£20,900.00to £51,070.00.||Significant permanent disability or complete loss of wrist function.|
|Hand||Minor||Up to £4,050.00||Covers lacerations and crush injuries, and soft tissue injuries (recovery within 6 months).|
|Hand||Moderate||£4,780.00 to £11,330.00||Covers penetrating wounds and crush injuries resulting in permanent but non-intrusive symptoms, or soft tissue damage and deeper cuts resulting in impairment of the hand (may require surgery).|
|Hand||Severe||£24,740.00 to £171,920.00||Covers amputation and rejoining of several fingers, resulting in a clawed, impaired, or unsightly hand, amputation of one/both hands (alternatively, amputation of several fingers rendering the hand almost useless).|
|Finger||Minor||Up to £4,055.00||Includes: full-healed fractured finger bones (healed within 1 year) with/without minor scarring.|
|Finger||Moderate||£3,370.00 to £5,000.00||Includes: complete (or almost complete) recovery after broken finger, amputation or loss of a part of the little finger.|
|Finger||Severe||£10,380.00 to £31,350.00||Includes: complete amputation of one/more fingers, fractures of the index finger. Compensation depends on level of disability and suffering.|
|Thumb||Minor||Up to £4,055.00||Short-term, severe pain gone within 3 months.|
|Thumb||Moderate||£3,370.00 to £10,750.00||Covers fractures with recovery within 6 months, damage to nerves or tendons resulting in partial loss of sensation, and cosmetic thumb deformities.|
|Thumb||Severe||£10,750.00 to £46,780.00||Partial/complete amputation of the thumb, surgical wire insertions, nerve damage, fractures, inability to grip.|
No win no fee injury compensation amounts for leg and foot injuries
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Leg||Minor||£7,780.00 to £12,010.00||Minor injuries with recovery within a few months (e.g. soft-tissue injuries, bruising, cuts, and contusions). Slightly more severe injuries such as simple fractures of the femur, tibia, or fibula.|
|Leg||Moderate||£15,320.00 to £46,780.00||Minor fractures with partial recovery, serious soft tissue injury, injuries to one leg (e.g. broken bones, crushing injuries), ligament injuries, compound fractures leading to near certainty of arthritis or instability.|
|Leg||Severe||£46,780.00 to £240,590.00||Severe injuries resulting in extensive degloving, bone grafting, permanently reduced mobility, or amputation of one/both legs (above/below the knee).|
|Knee||Minor||Up to £11,730.00||Includes soft tissue injuries (recovery within a few months), a twisted knee, lacerations, or bruising resulting in discomfort or pain.|
|Knee||Moderate||£22,340.00 to £37,070.00||Includes: seriously damaged kneecaps, ligaments, or muscles, dislocation, a torn meniscus, acceleration injuries (over several years), resulting in ongoing discomfort or pain.|
|Knee||Severe||£44,470.00 to £82,080.00||Covers constant pain, severe disability, or muscle wastage. Higher compensation if need for surgery or injury effects quality of life.|
|Ankle||Minor||Up to £11,730.00||Smaller fractures, but bone has not been displaced. May include sprains, injured ligaments (likely leads to scarring). Smaller injuries can allow for full recovery within a year, without any scarring.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£11,730.00 to £42,710.00||Includes ligament tears, fractures, leading to smaller disabilities while standing/moving. Increased risk of osteoarthritis. Operation/cast needed. May lead to inability to work or call for special footwear.|
|Ankle||Severe||£42,710.00 to £59,480.00||Severe injury resulting in deformities, disabilities, or even amputation of the body part down the line.|
|Achilles||Minor||£6,200.00 to £10,750.00||Minor instability due to tendon damage around the ankle. Some more severe cases might involve scarring.|
|Achilles||Moderate||£10,750.00 to £17,970.00||More serious injury and partially ruptured tendon. More severe cases tend to involve disability and/or permanent scarring.|
|Achilles||Severe||£21,320.00to £32,780.00||Restricted movement of the ankle due to severed muscle tissue. Small likelihood of further improvement of limp and residual scarring.|
|Foot||Minor||Up to £11,730.00||Includes: minor fractures, lacerations or contusions (with complete recovery within 2 years), ruptured ligaments or other puncture wounds that result in chronic pain or a permanent limp.|
|Foot||Moderate||£11,730.00 to £59,730.00||Includes: metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity and ongoing symptoms, fractured heels (both), restricted mobility, degloving and heel fusion.|
|Foot||Severe||£71,640.00 to £171,920.00||Injury needing amputation of one/both feet or traumatic amputation of the forefoot (to prevent need for complete amputation).|
|Toe||Minor||Up to £8,190.00||One or more broken toes with a varying recovery period. Compensation depends on presence of long-term symptoms and speed of recovery.|
|Toe||Moderate||£8,190.00 to £11,730.00||Multiple fractures, crush injuries to two/more toes, permanent disability. May have involved unsuccessful past operations.|
|Toe||Severe||£11,730.00 to £47,830.00||Severe crush injuries leading to less/surgical amputation of one or two toes (not including the big toe), amputation of all toes or the big toe.|