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 August 2, 2004. The hearing officer determined that the Independent Review Organization (IRO) decision is not supported by a preponderance of the evidence. The IRO decision found that surgery for appellant (claimant) was medically necessary. Claimant appealed the hearing officer’s determination on sufficiency grounds. Respondent (carrier) responded that the hearing officer did not err in making his determinations.
The hearing officer concluded that the decision of the IRO was not supported by a preponderance of the evidence. We have reviewed the complained-of determination and conclude that the issue involved a fact question for the hearing officer. The hearing officer reviewed the record and decided what facts were established. We conclude that the hearing officer’s determination is supported by the record and is not 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).
We affirm the hearing officer’s decision and order.
According to information provided by carrier, the true corporate name of the insurance carrier is ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is
6600 CAMPUS CIRCLE DRIVE EAST, SUITE 200
IRVING, TEXAS 75063.
Judy L. S. Barnes
Gary L. Kilgore
Thomas A. Knapp