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McMinnville, Oregon

McMinnville , Oregon is a mere 37 miles from downtown Portland but feels a world away. Though it is the seat of Yamhill County it is still very much a small town – with just over 32,000 people according to the 2010 census. This small city, however, has much to recommend it, starting with a striking Willamette Valley location at the confluence of the Yamhill River’s north and south forks. McMinnville is also home to Linfield College, a 150-year-old liberal arts school with around 1750 students, and offers the lively intellectual atmosphere one finds in many similar small college towns. McMinnville is only a short drive from the Law Office of Matthew D. Kaplan, which serves not only Yamhill County but all of Oregon and Southern Washington. Matthew D. Kaplan’s office at the KOIN Center, Suite #1111, 222 SW Columbia Street in Portland, Oregon is the place to turn if you are uncertain what your rights are or whether the courts are really here to help you. Call his office at (503) 226-3844 to schedule an appointment.

Matthew D. Kaplan is a specialist in helping families cope with injuries to children. These can come in many forms. According to figures compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation in just one year, 2009, five children under the age of nine died in Oregon car crashes and over 1,050 were injured. Indeed, state figures show that in all car crashes in the state “24% of injured passengers (nearly one in four) were children 0 to 14” years old.

Another significant source of danger that can lead to injuries to children is fires. Data compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency notes that “children ages five and under are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than any other age group.” Making this situation even more serious is the fact that one-quarter of all homes do not have a working smoke detector, according to the same federal figures.

Finally, it is worth considering the dangers posed by products that have not been manufactured to the required health and safety standards. Product recalls often take years to be put into effect despite the fact that unsafe items – especially items aimed at children – often pose an immediate and serious threat. A May 2012 survey found that toys alone accounted for 889 active recalls issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility, and is a matter that Matthew D. Kaplan views particularly seriously. McMinnville and Yamhill County parents can count on the Law Office of Matthew D. Kaplan for assistance in holding irresponsible or negligent companies accountable for their actions. It is an unfortunate fact of modern life that many of the toy recalls mentioned above originated in lawsuits filed by parents seeking accountability after children were injured.

Matthew D. Kaplan offers potential clients a free initial consultation during which you and he can go over all of the basic information concerning your case and consider whether and how to proceed. His goal is always to help Oregonians and Washingtonians defend their rights, and to see that victims and their families obtain the justice they deserve.

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 McMinnville, take Route 99W toward Portland until it intersects with Interstate-5 North (you can also follow 99W all the way into downtown Portland, where it becomes SW Naito Parkway, but hopping on the interstate is faster). Follow I-5 toward downtown. Take Exit 299B on the left for I-405 and then, after only a quarter-mile, Exit 1A. 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. We are just south of the Hawthorne Bridge, only two blocks from the Columbia River.

RESOURCES:

StatisticBrain: Product Recall Statistics

Consumer Product Safety Commission