This appeal arises pursuant to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, TEX. LAB. CODE ANN. § 401.001 et seq. (1989 Act). A contested case hearing (CCH) was held on July 3, 2001. The hearing officer determined that appellant (claimant) did not sustain a compensable occupational disease injury and that he did not have disability. Claimant appealed these determinations on sufficiency grounds. Respondent self-insured (“carrier” herein) responded that the Appeals Panel should affirm the hearing officer’s decision and order.
We reverse and remand.
We must remand for the purpose of obtaining compliance with House Bill 2600, which amended Section 410.164, effective June 17, 2001. Section 410.164 was amended by the addition of subsection (c), which provides as follows:
(c)At each [CCH], as applicable, the insurance carrier shall file with the hearing officer and shall deliver to the claimant a single document stating the true corporate name of the insurance carrier and the name and address of the insurance carrier's registered agent for service of process. The document is part of the record of the [CCH].
In this case, the address provided for the registered agent was a post office box, where personal service of process cannot be effectuated. Therefore, we remand so that a street address may be provided by the carrier for its registered agent, in order to carry out the purpose of the legislation.
Pending resolution of the remand, a final decision has not been made in this case. However, since reversal and remand necessitate the issuance of a new decision and order by the hearing officer, a party who wishes to appeal from such new decision must file a request for review not later than 15 days after the date on which such new decision is received from the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission's Division of Hearings,
Judy L. S. Barnes
Elaine M. Chaney
Michael B. McShane