Assemblyman Jose Solorio Urged to Reform California’s Workers’ Compensation Laws Amid Pending Bill

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Experts at push for workers’ compensation reform on behalf of small businesses following reports that a workers’ compensation bill is in the works for California

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We want to meet with Solorio to discuss loopholes in the system that can be strengthened as new legislation is being drafted.

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In the face of new legislation surrounding workers’ compensation that is being ‘drafted in secret,’ insurance brokers Jamie Reid and Gabe Erle at are urging Assemblyman Jose Solorio to reform the ineffective workers’ compensation laws that frame California regulations before the new bill is passed.

“There’s no effort to change workers’ compensation. Legislation is being drafted in secret,” says Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters. “All five of the big players are gearing up for another round of work comp war.”

Before the slated bill is drafted into law, Reid and Erle are urging Solorio to meet and discuss ways to prevent abuse so commonly associated with workers’ compensation claims, especially laws pertaining to cumulative trauma and psychological injury claims. Historically, little has been done to restore the laws that surround these high-fraud areas of workers’ comp law.

Cumulative trauma and psychological injury claims stand in particular importance to the new legislation framing workers’ comp laws in California since they are difficult to prove and cost the state millions of dollars. These excessive costs are taken on by small businesses in the form of exorbitant workers’ comp insurance rates.

The group at Work Comp Fraud Fighters – along with its team of surveillance experts and attorneys – has started a petition at on behalf of small businesses who are burdened by the high cost of workers’ comp rates in California. Signers of the petition including Reid and Erle are urging Solorio to make crucial changes to the system before new legislation is passed.

The petition, in short, presses Solorio to:

  •     Develop a rating system that is both objective and fair for those who submit claims for cumulative trauma
  •     Do away with psychological claims as they are difficult, if not impossible, to prove and cost the state millions of dollars
  •     Establish firm medical guidelines that utilize only qualified doctors as medical evaluators
  •     Reform the existing disability rating for use across all legislative platforms surrounding workers’ comp claims

“We are writing you with great concern regarding the increasing cost of Workers’ Compensation in California,” the petition reads. “We are watching the SB 899 legislative reforms chipped away at in the courts. As economic pressures are increasing on all fronts for California business owners, the trends that have been established by the workers compensation laws and judicial decisions are of particular concern.”

Reid and Erle, insurance brokers at the Michael Ehrenfield Co. Insurance Agents & Brokers firm in San Diego, created Work Comp Fraud Fighters to help small businesses that are affected by fraudulent workers’ comp claims. The petition followed shortly after learning that many small businesses were actually leaving or considering leaving California amid the state’s imposition of excessively high workers’ compensation rates.

“Small businesses are the ones who are suffering here,” said Erle. “We want to change the way workers’ comp claims are handled in the state of California. The only way to do that is by tightening the laws that surround highly fraudulent areas of workers’ comp like cumulative trauma and psychological injury claims.”

“Many businesses are exiting our state in light of unfair and outrageous workers’ comp claims, many of which are fraudulent. We need businesses to stay in California to help sustain our economy. One way of keeping them here is by reducing the burden that high workers’ comp rates places on local business,” added Reid. “We want to meet with Solorio to discuss loopholes in the system that can be strengthened as new legislation is being drafted.”

Solorio is urged to meet with Reid and Erle to discuss ways California can effectively reduce its workers’ compensation rates.

Solorio has not yet responded to the petition.

Sign the petition to urge Assemblymember Jose Solorio to lower workers’ comp rates and join the fight against fraud on Facebook at

Workers Compensation Fraud Fighters’ purpose is to stop the climbing rates of workers’ compensation fraud by providing dependable services to at-risk businesses.

To discuss your workers’ compensation rate or to discuss a potentially fraudulent worker’s comp case, call Jamie and Gabe at 619-708-4311. Gabe Erle (Lic# OE16251) and Jamie Reid ( Lic# OFO5431) are Insurance Brokers at The Michael Ehrenfield Co. Insurance Agents & Brokers.

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