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APD 042454
November 3, 2004

APD 042454

November 3, 2004

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 September 13, 2004. The hearing officer decided that the compensable injury extends to include a cervical spine sprain/strain. The appellant (claimant) has appealed on evidentiary grounds, asserting that her injury is more than just a sprain/strain. The respondent (self-insured) responded, urging affirmance.



We have reviewed the complained-of determination and conclude that the issue involved fact questions 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.

The true corporate name of the insurance carrier is a self-insured governmental entity and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is




Veronica L. Ruberto
Appeals Judge


Judy L. S. Barnes
Appeals Judge

Edward Vilano
Appeals Judge