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APD 020028
February 7, 2002

APD 020028

February 7, 2002

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 November 20, 2001. The hearing officer determined that the appellant (claimant) did not sustain a compensable injury on ______________, and did not have disability. The claimant appeals the determinations on sufficiency grounds. The respondent (carrier) urges affirmance.


Because a complete record of the CCH is not available for our review, we reverse and remand.

Section 410.203(a)(1) requires the Appeals Panel to consider the record developed at the hearing. See Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission Appeal No. 93809, decided October 25, 1993. The audiotape recording of the hearing and parties’ exhibits were not included in the record on appeal. In the absence of a complete record, we cannot review the claimant’s sufficiency of the evidence contentions. Accordingly, we remand this case for reconstruction of the record. See Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission Appeal No. 960968, decided July 3, 1996.

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, pursuant to Section 410.202 (amended June 17, 2001). See Workers’ Compensation Commission Appeal No. 92642, decided January 20, 1993.

Edward Vilano


Gary L. Kilgore
Appeals Judge

Michael B. McShane
Appeals Judge