Scott B. Solis speaks for the injured
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Chris Mortenson/Staff photographer
Injured workers need an advocate, and that is the foundation of the Law Offices of Scott B. Solis.
“There are real people behind the cases, and that thought is paramount in the handling of any case,” Solis says.
“I think that always keeps me concerned, particularly because the workers’ comp system is so failed. Injured workers do need someone to speak up for them.”
He founded the Law Offices of Scott B. Solis in 1995, after spending more than six years as an associate attorney in workers’ compensation for a firm representing employers and insurance companies.
Solis says he believes this work for the “other side” helped form his knowledge base, which has been instrumental in making his firm successful.
The work ethic started young. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and political science from Rice University; a Master of Arts in Teaching (English) from Brown University; and a Juris Degree, cum laude, in 1987 from Santa Clara University School of Law.
“I worked for just under a year in criminal defense and switched to workers’ comp defense,” he says.
Although Solis has also been admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine and Washington, he only practices in California.
He’s certified by the California Lawyers Association as a specialist in workers’ compensation. Solis says his clients are well served by him.
“Most attorneys who dabble in it, frankly, aren’t very good,” he says. “Injured workers do benefit from attorneys who have experience, in terms of helping them get the medical care that’s appropriate, and all the financial benefits they’re entitled to.”
Solis is especially concerned about underreported injuries like hypertension, strokes — “things that can be aggravated or accelerated by stress, either physical or mental.”
“For the same reason, a lot of deaths go unreported as industrial,” he adds.
At his firm, Solis is joined by office administrator Janet Mangandi and her niece, paralegal Veronica A. Calderon.
When Solis sends an introductory letter to clients, he ends it with a dose of reality.
“No matter how good a job I may do for them, the workers’ comp case will never make them whole, in the medical sense and the financial sense,” he says.
“Studies have been done about what happens to injured workers through their lives after they’re injured. The pittance that they get out of the workers comp system is inadequate for most injured workers.”
Law Offices of Scott B. Solis
135 S. Jackson Street, Suite 103, Glendale