Camas, Washington is a city in transition. Its evolution says a lot about how life has changed here in the Pacific Northwest over the last few generations. Incorporated in 1906, the town, located on the Columbia River some 20 miles east of Portland, was long anchored by a large paper mill that made up almost its entire economic base. The mill was so central to the city’s life that even the local high school, to this day, calls its teams “The Papermakers.” The mill, in fact, is older than both the City of Camas and Washington itself. Its history dates to 1883, six years before the State of Washington joined the Union.
Unlike so many paper mills in other parts of the country the Camas mill has survived. The town, however, now home to nearly 20,000 people, is no longer entirely dependant on this single employer. In recent years it has emerged as an attractive home for a number of high-tech companies. Other residents commute to Portland, Oregon, a mere 20 minutes away by car. This combination of high-tech and old line industry creates unique legal needs in a community like Camas, many of which are answered by Kaplan Law LLC, located at 50 SW Pine St 3rd Floor in Portland.
Licensed to practice in Washington as well as Oregon, Kaplan Law brings a wealth of expertise to cases involving industrial accidents and wrongful death – the sort of issues we often associate with old-line heavy industry. According to Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries there were 58 fatal occupational injuries in the state in 2011, a significant decline from 2010’s total of 104. Key categories for 2011 include:
|Goods Producing||16||7.1 per 1000 workers|
|Natural Resources & Mining||5||8.4 per 1000 workers|
|Agriculture, Forestry & Hunting||4||8.5 per 1000 workers|
|Truck Transportation||9||5.9 per 1000 workers|
Certain businesses involve a degree of risk by their very nature, but that fact does not exempt employers from their broader responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees, and to ensure that essential equipment is appropriate to the job and is properly maintained and utilized.
Kaplan Law LLC’s office in downtown Portland is a short drive from Camas. We are here to offer skilled, experienced and compassionate legal assistance to Washingtonians and Oregonians who are unsure whether the system can protect them. Kaplan Law LLC is located at 50 SW Pine St 3rd Floor, Portland, OR 97204.