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APD 010102
February 14, 2001

APD 010102

February 14, 2001

This appeal arises pursuant to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, TEX. LAB. CODE ANN. § 401.001 et seq. (1989 Act). On December 11, 2000, a hearing was held. The hearing officer resolved the disputed issue by deciding that the appellant’s (claimant) compensable injury of __________, does not extend to a disc herniation at L4-5 and to degenerative changes at L5-S1. The claimant appealed and the respondent (self-insured) responded.


The hearing officer’s decision is affirmed.

Conflicting evidence was presented at the hearing with regard to the disputed issue and that evidence is set forth at length in the hearing officer’s decision. The hearing officer is the sole judge of the weight and credibility of the evidence. Section 410.165(a). As the finder of fact, the hearing officer resolves the conflicts in the evidence and determines what facts have been established. The hearing officer’s decision is supported by sufficient evidence and is not against the great weight and preponderance of the evidence. Cain v. Bain, 709 S.W.2d 175 (Tex. 1986).

The hearing officer’s decision and order are affirmed.

Robert W. Potts
Appeals Judge


Robert E. Lang

Appeals Panel


Philip F. O’Neill
Appeals Judge