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COMMENTARY: CDC Birth Injury Statistics

Posted on Jan 06, 2013

A recently released study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that emergency complications in U.S. delivery rooms rose approximately 75 percent from 2000 to 2009. Seattle attorney Chris Davis offers legal insight into the issue of birth injuries and the complexity of medical malpractice claims.

Statistically speaking, America is one of the riskiest places on the planet for a mother to give birth to a newborn child. According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the frequency of emergency complications in delivery rooms throughout the United States increased roughly 75 percent from 2000 to 2009.

Christopher Davis, a medical malpractice attorney who has represented thousands of medical malpractice victims in his home state of Washington, says the CDC’s report sheds light on a complex issue that can potentially affect millions of families nationwide.

“The fact that complications during the delivery of a newborn have increased so substantially is very concerning, especially when you consider how devastating and life-changing these complications can be in the long run,” says Davis, founder of the Seattle-based Davis Law Group.

But the rate at which medical malpractice claims are resolved in favor of the victims and their families is even more concerning for patients’ rights advocates.

According to a report issued by the Office of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner, there were just 32 medical malpractice plaintiff verdicts or judgments in Washington state during the four-year period from 2008 to 2011. In that same period, 558 medical malpractice lawsuits were resolved in favor of the defendant.

“These statistics show that patients are naturally at a disadvantage when it comes to pursuing a medical malpractice claim in the U.S.,” Davis added. “It is important for patients to be aware of these risks so that they can be prepared to ask the right questions and advocate for their own best interests.”

With nearly two decades of experience as an attorney, Davis’s expertise the legal field has propelled him to write numerous books on personal injury law to better educate residents of Washington state. These popular legal guides, which Davis has branded as the Washington Accident Books series, have helped thousands of accident victims and their families better understand the personal injury legal process.

As a public service to those who have been victimized by the negligence of healthcare professionals during the delivery process, Davis is offering his child injury book, “Little Kids, Big Accidents: What Every Parent Should Know About Children & Accidents,” free of charge for a limited time. The twelve-chapter book outlines various potential types of injuries to children and includes important information for those interested in pursuing a claim.

To order a free copy of any of the Washington Accident Books, or to learn more about Christopher Davis and the Davis Law Group, visit the or call 206-727-4000.

About Chris Davis

Christopher M. Davis, founder of the Davis Law Group, has been a licensed attorney in the state of Washington since 1993. He has tried dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and has successfully handled and resolved hundreds of accident claims. He has been a Washington ‘Super Lawyer' for seven years in a row for his expertise and success in litigating personal injury claims. You can learn more about the firm by visiting: