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Redmond, Oregon

Redmond aptly calls itself “The Heart of Central Oregon.” Located near the state’s geographic center in Deschutes County it lies in a vast, popular recreational area, but is also home to a growing industrial sector. Redmond, with a population of over 26,000 according to the latest census, is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.

Over the last decade many people have been drawn to Redmond and its surrounding communities by the low cost of living. It is important to remember, however, that with growth comes risk. Redmond has been an aviation center since World War II, when the military established an airfield in the city. Today, its small commercial airport is supplemented by a center where the US Forest Service trains smoke-jumpers and other specialized firefighters. The community also retains its ties to the air and aerospace industries via several local manufacturing plants.

All of this serves to highlight the importance for a community like Redmond of skilled legal services such as those offered by Kaplan Law LLC, with its headquarters at KOIN Center, Suite #1111, 222 SW Columbia Street in Portland. Call (503) 226-3844 for an appointment. Any profession or activity involves a certain degree of risk. But those who work in high-risk areas deserve to know that employers and suppliers are keeping their safety foremost in their minds. This does not just apply to hugely dangerous jobs like smoke-jumping. Oregon industrial accidents involving defective or improperly maintained equipment are a persistent worry in many rural parts of the state, as are truck crashes involving semi-trucks and 18-wheelers traveling rural roads, often in less-than-ideal conditions.

Figures compiled by Oregon’s state government put the issue into perspective (all data is for 2010):

Oregon Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2010:

47

By sector:
> Goods Producing13
> Logging4
> Manufacturing4
> Transportation & Warehousing15

Within the ‘Transportation & Warehousing’ category “Freight Trucking” accounted for 10 of sector’s the 15 deaths. When injuries or deaths do occur it is essential that victims and their loved-ones seek advice from a lawyer offering a broad regional perspective. The chain of responsibility for an Oregon car and truck accident may stretch far beyond the drivers involved, just as the legal responsibility for propane explosions and other Oregon industrial accidents extends to those who own, supply and maintain complex machinery and not just to those who operate it.

Kaplan Law LLC offers a wide range of legal services tailored to the needs of Oregon’s rural communities. Because Redmond is located in Deschutes County, many of these fall under the jurisdiction of Oregon’s 11th Judicial District, headquartered in Bend.

To reach Kaplan Law LLC’s office at the KOIN Center, Suite #1111, 222 SW Columbia Street in Portland, take US-97 north out of Redmond to Madras, where you join US-26 West. Stay on US-26 for 109 miles, through Gresham, until the road joins Interstate-205. Take I-205 to I-84 west toward Portland then join I-5 southbound until you reach the Morrison Bridge exit for downtown Portland. From the bridge, exit onto the ramp leading to southbound Naito Parkway. Take a right on SW Jefferson Street, go three blocks, then turn left on 3rd Avenue to reach the KOIN Center. We are just south of the Hawthorne Bridge, only two blocks from the Columbia River.