This appeal arises pursuant to the Texas Workers' Compensation Act, TEX. LAB. CODE ANN. § 401.001 et seq. (1989 Act). A contested case hearing was held on June 2, 2004. The hearing officer determined that the compensable injury of _______________, extends to and includes bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (BCTS) but does not extend to include cervical myelopathy and/or spondylosis. The appellant (claimant) appeals the hearing officer’s adverse determination on sufficiency of the evidence grounds. The respondent (carrier) urges affirmance. The hearing officer’s decision regarding BCTS was not appealed and has become final. Section 410.169.
The hearing officer did not err in determining that the compensable injury does not extend to include cervical myelopathy and/or spondylosis. This determination involved questions of fact for the hearing officer to resolve. The hearing officer is the sole judge of the weight and credibility of the evidence (Section 410.165(a)) and, as the trier of fact, resolves the conflicts and inconsistencies in the evidence, including the medical evidence (Texas Employers Insurance Association v. Campos, 666 S.W.2d 286 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1984, no writ)). In view of the evidence presented, we cannot conclude that the hearing officer's determination is so against the great weight and preponderance of the evidence as to be clearly wrong or manifestly unjust. Cain v. Bain, 709 S.W.2d 175, 176 (Tex. 1986).
The decision and order of the hearing officer is affirmed.
The true corporate name of the insurance carrier is AMERICAN HOME ASSURANCE COMPANY and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is
CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY
800 BRAZOS, SUITE 750, COMMODORE 1
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701.
Veronica L. Ruberto
Margaret L. Turner