Elizabeth Maliakal

Principal Solicitor for Training & Business Development 

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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’ experience who joined the team at Hudgells in 2020.  She runs high value cases and represent 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.

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.

Recognition

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.

My advice and articles

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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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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 […]

GP Negligence

GP Negligence

GP Medical Negligence Compensation Claims with solicitor Elizabeth Maliakal and Keith Phillips If your GP fails to adequately examine you or fails to refer you to a specialist, a delayed diagnosis of an illness or medical condition can have a serious impact on your health. Listen to specialist medical negligence lawyer Elizabeth Maliakal explain why […]

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Patient suffered catastrophic stroke and cardiac arrest after operation which left him severely disabled

Two Yorkshire Hospital Trusts have compensated a patient who suffered a catastrophic stoke and cardiac arrest after an operation, leaving him severely disabled. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were jointly responsible for the treatment of the 74-year-old patient who suffered a minor stroke in January 2016. Having […]

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