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Camas, Washington

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 the KOIN Center, Suite #1111, 222 SW Columbia Street 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 Producing167.1 per 1000 workers
Natural Resources & Mining58.4 per 1000 workers
Agriculture, Forestry & Hunting48.5 per 1000 workers
Truck Transportation95.9 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. To reach Kaplan Law from Camas take Washington Route 14 (the Lewis & Clark Highway) along the north bank of the Columbia River until it meets Interstate-5 South. Follow I-5 from Washington into Oregon to the Morrison Bridge exit into downtown Portland. From the bridge, take the ramp leading to southbound Naito Parkway. Take a right on SW Jefferson Street, go three blocks, then turn left on SW 3rd Avenue then left again onto SW Columbia Street to reach the KOIN Center at 222 SW Columbia Street between SW 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Kaplan Law LLC is located in Suite #1111.