Elizabeth Maliakal

Principal Solicitor for Training & Business Development 

Service Area



Bringing a medical negligence claim can be an emotional experience for my clients. Working hard on their behalf and helping them navigate their way through, what can seem like a complex case and reaching a successful outcome, is always my objective.

Get to Know Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a medical negligence solicitor with more than 20 years’ of experience who joined the team at Hudgells in 2020.  She runs high-value cases and represents clients who have suffered serious injuries arising from medical accidents.

Elizabeth helps her clients and their families understand what went wrong as well as obtaining the maximum compensation awards they rightly deserve.  Her cases are often complex and she ensures detailed and thorough investigations are carried out to ensure her clients understand what has happened to them and why.

Elizabeth’s aim is also to ensure measures are put in place to prevent those medical accidents from happening again. Previously, Elizabeth represented doctors in medical claims so has valuable insight into how and why claims are defended, which is an advantage when representing her clients.

Elizabeth is experienced in representing women and children in birth injury claims including birth injury, stillbirth claims and Erb’s palsy/shoulder dystocia.

Career Highlights

I represented a client who suffered a catastrophic stroke and cardiac arrest after an operation, leaving him severely disabled. Two Yorkshire hospital Trusts were jointly responsible for the treatment of my 74-year-old client.

We alleged the operation had been carried out without the patient or his family being fully informed of the risks involved, and without being informed that the benefits of surgery were small. Eventually a six-figure-sum for damages was agreed and the compensation will cover the cost of future care and nursing home fees.

When representing a family in Inquest proceedings, I succeeded in an application for Judicial Review against the Coroner. The coroner had made an unlawful decision regarding the conduct of a medical experts discussion which would have put the family at a disadvantage at the Inquest. I successfully challenged the coroner’s decision in the High Court resulting in an outcome which was fair to the family.

In another case, I was able to secure a six-figure damages award for my client who lost her vision due to a GP’s failure to refer her to hospital for timely treatment. I represent a number of clients who have suffered injuries at birth and clients who have had unnecessary amputations.

  • Secured £1m for a client who suffered injuries due to a delay in diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis.
  • Secured £1m for a family who lost their mother and wife due to negligent failures to diagnose and treat a cardiac arrhythmia.
  • Secured £1.7m for a client who suffered injuries due to a delay in diagnosis of a rare metabolic disease.


In the world’s leading legal directory, ‘The Legal 500’, Elizabeth is listed as “a highly experienced and respected clinical negligence solicitor.” 

“An expert in complex and high-value cases who represents people who have sustained serious injuries as a result of clinical negligence. Elizabeth also holds experience in representing families at Inquest following the loss of a loved one.” 

Elizabeth is an APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers ) accredited Senior Litigator and an APIL accredited Clinical Negligence specialist.

Accredited Personal Injury Specialist - Assosciation of Personal Injury Lawyers   

Giving More

I volunteer on a helpline for the national patient safety charity, AvMA, providing free legal advice to callers; it is a chance to put my skills as a medical negligence lawyer to good use and to help others.

I’m a trustee at the charity Hull Women’s Aid, which helps women and children experiencing domestic abuse. I am also a trustee at a school in Hull and sit on the education, nominations, and governance committees.

I am passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and sit on Hudgell Solicitors’ EDI committee.

I also train and mentor junior colleagues and help with Hudgell’s work experience programme.

  • Elizabeth is responsible for the training and development needs of the medical negligence department
  • Elizabeth sits on the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers ( SCIL ) Public Affairs Group.
  • As part of Hudgells campaign partnership with Spinal Injuries Association, Elizabeth works with the SIA to raise awareness and campaign for changes to bowel care for those with spinal cord injury.
  • Elizabeth leads a team that puts on an annual clinical negligence conference. Leading medical and legal experts are invited to share their knowledge and insights into various issues affecting medical cases.
  • Elizabeth is regularly called upon to do media on issues affecting medical claims.
  • Elizabeth regularly participates in fundraising ventures for the many charities Hudgells supports for example House of Light, Day One Trauma Support and Hull Women’s Aid.

My advice and articles

hudgell solicitors successfully represented the family of woman who died in a fatal medical negligence case

Mother died of cardiac arrest after doctors failed to diagnose irregular heartbeat in medical negligence case

Health officials have admitted failings in care led to a 40-year-old mother-of-three’s death as her heart condition was undiagnosed, despite her repeatedly fainting. Doctors failed to diagnose Rose Fuentebaja’s life-threatening irregular heart rhythm and mistakenly believed the issue to be neurological, rather than cardiac, even though she had been in hospital a week. Following legal […]

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Hudgell Solicitors hosts Yorkshire medical negligence conference focusing on women’s health as concerns rise over UK birth trauma cases

A legal conference for medical negligence professionals will be held in York in 2024, focusing on women’s health issues including obstetric care, birth trauma and health inequalities. The one-day event, staged by Hudgell Solicitors, is in its third year and will again provide essential industry-leading medical and legal insights. Speakers at the October conference include […]

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Birth Trauma report reveals ‘shockingly poor care’ across UK’s maternity services

Hudgell Solicitors has renewed its call for a Statutory Inquiry into the standard of Britain’s maternity services as a new report today highlighted the ‘shockingly poor quality’ across the UK. An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) inquiry into the birth trauma experiences of hundreds of women found good care for pregnant women to be ‘the exception rather than […]

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Hudgell Solicitors welcome Birth Trauma Association for new ‘lived experience’ training

In February this year, Hudgells submitted evidence and shared our clients’ experiences of birth trauma as a first-ever parliamentary inquiry on birth trauma was launched. The inquiry report is expected in May. As part of our continued commitment to supporting families who’ve experienced birth trauma and to enable us to be trauma-informed and better understand […]

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Hospital Trust agrees seven-figure compensation settlement for patient with rare metabolic disorder which ‘should have been diagnosed sooner’.

A South Yorkshire Hospital Trust has agreed a seven-figure compensation settlement with a patient who brought a legal claim against it after being left paralysed by a rare metabolic disorder. Despite the rareness of the condition – acute intermittent porphyria – it was alleged doctors at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust should have diagnosed it […]

hudgell solicitors supports spinal injuries association call for parliamentary inquiry into life threatening state of bowel care for those with spinal cord injury

Poor bowel care for spinal injured in NHS hospitals causes avoidable suffering – but the campaign for change is being heard

Hudgell Solicitors and the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) are jointly calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry to be held into the provision of bowel care for patients with spinal cord injuries in healthcare settings. If follows a recent Parliamentary roundtable meeting, organised by the SIA, which I attended on behalf of our firm, alongside around 30 […]

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how hudgell solicitors is supporting spinal injuries association's campaign for change

Lawyers support Spinal Injuries Association call for Parliamentary Inquiry into life-threatening state of bowel care for those with spinal cord injury

Hudgell Solicitors is supporting calls for a Parliamentary Inquiry to be held into the ‘inadequate and dangerous’ state of bowel care for patients with spinal cord injuries in healthcare settings. It follows MPs, NHS representatives and Government officials being told how in some cases patients are left feeling ‘humiliated’ as they are unable to go […]

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Speakers at the 2023 Hudgell Solicitors Clinical Negligence Conference

Conference will provide ‘essential industry-leading insights’ into ever-changing role of clinical negligence lawyers

A legal conference being staged by Hudgell Solicitors will provide ‘essential industry leading medical and legal insights’ into ‘the ever-changing role and requirements of medical negligence lawyers.’ Having staged our first conference last year solely for our own members of staff, we are opening up our 2023 Clinical Negligence Conference to delegates from other law […]

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A&E Negligence

A&E Negligence

A&E Medical Negligence Compensation Claims with solicitor Elizabeth Maliakal & Keith Phillips There are more than 20 million visits by patients to A&E Departments each year. Treatment will often be outstanding but increased pressure and longer waiting times can lead to delays, errors and misdiagnosis. If your health and wellbeing has suffered as a result […]

Stroke Negligence

Stroke Negligence

Stroke Medical Negligence Compensation claims with solicitor Elizabeth Maliakal & Keith Phillips. Someone suffers a stroke every five minutes. It’s essential health professionals make a diagnosis quickly and provide appropriate treatment. It’s important to know what the medical response should be. Listen to Elizabeth Maliakal, a specialist clinical negligence lawyer and an expert in stroke […]

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