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 6, 2004. The hearing officer determined that the appellant (claimant) is not entitled to supplemental income benefits for the sixth quarter. The claimant appeals this determination on sufficiency of the evidence grounds. The respondent (carrier) urges affirmance.
The decision and order of the hearing officer have become final pursuant to Section 410.169.
A written request for appeal must be filed within 15 days of the date of receipt of the hearing officer's decision, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays listed in the Section 662.003 of the Texas Government Code. Section 410.202. Pursuant to Tex. W.C. Comm'n, 28 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 102.5(d) (Rule 102.5(d)), the hearing officer's decision is deemed to have been received by the claimant five days after the date the decision was mailed by the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission (Commission). Commission records indicate that the hearing officer's decision was mailed to the claimant on August 12, 2004. The claimant was deemed to have received the decision on August 17, 2004. The last date for the claimant to timely file an appeal was September 9, 2004. The claimant’s appeal was received by the Commission by facsimile transmission on September 14, 2004. Absent a showing that the claimant’s appeal was filed on or before September 9, 2004, the appeal is untimely.
The appeal being untimely, the jurisdiction of the Appeals Panel was not properly invoked and the decision and order of the hearing officer has become final pursuant to Section 410.169.
The true corporate name of the insurance carrier is LIBERTY MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is
CT CORPORATION SYSTEMS
350 NORTH ST. PAUL, SUITE 2900
DALLAS, TEXAS 75201.
Judy L. S. Barnes
Thomas A. Knapp