Newberg, Oregon

As the second-largest city in Yamhill County, and home to George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon is far more than just an outer suburb of Portland. This city of just over 22,000 lies some 25 miles southwest of Portland, spreading north from the Rogers Landing County Park on the banks of the Willamette River. As the city's official website notes, Newberg "retains a distinct physical separation from the (Portland) metro region, buffered by a greenbelt of forests and farmlands." This location gives Newberg a unique and appealing feel, but also leaves it close enough to Oregon's largest city for residents to take advantages of the many services and recreational opportunities the metropolis can offer, including the legal assistance of Matthew D. Kaplan. Located at the KOIN Center, Suite #1111, 222 SW Columbia Street in Portland, Matthew D. Kaplan's practice is here to help all residents of both our state and of neighboring Washington. Call (503) 226-3844 to schedule an appointment.

In recent years sports injuries have become a matter of increasing concern nationwide. This is a matter of particularly concern in college towns like Newberg. Figures compiled by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center indicate that young adults (which the center defines as those between the ages of 16 and 30) are at the greatest risk of spinal cord injuries.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, accidents involving cars and other motor vehicles are the single largest cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for nearly 40 percent of such injuries since 2005, according to the NSCISC. The distribution of other causes, however, may surprise you:

Falls28.3%
Acts of Violence14.6%
Sports Injuries8.2%

The Center goes on to note: "the proportion of injuries that are due to sports has decreased over time while the proportion of injuries due to falls has increased." The decrease in sports injuries may seem surprising granted the recent media focus on traumatic brain, spinal cord and other related injuries among athletes. It is also, however, a reminder of the importance of this issue in all aspects of our daily lives. Sports safety for athletes at the high school level and at smaller colleges in places like Newberg is very important, but focusing on them should not cause us to lose sight of the importance of safety in more common activities, such as driving our cars or riding our bikes.

As an attorney with extensive experience in cases involving traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries , including those resulting from both sports injuries and window falls, Matthew D. Kaplan is available to offer both knowledgeable and sympathetic advice to Oregonians who are uncertain what help the legal and court systems can offer them. His familiarity with all aspects of spinal cord injury law, as well as with the ins-and-outs of the Yamhill County courts, makes his office a valuable resource for families unsure of what to do in the aftermath of an Oregon spinal cord injury accident.

The Law Office of Matthew D. Kaplan is conveniently located in downtown Portland at the KOIN Center, Suite #1111, 222 SW Columbia Street between SW 2nd and 3rd Avenues. From Newberg, take Oregon Route 99W north toward Portland until it joins Interstate-5. Once on I-5, take Exit 299B (a left exit) onto I-405 West, then, a quarter-mile later, Exit 1A toward Naito Parkway. Merge on to SW Harbor Drive. Follow Harbor until it turns left and becomes SW Clay Street. Go four blocks then turn right on 4th Avenue and right again onto SW Columbia Street.