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APD 090728
July 13, 2009

APD 090728

July 13, 2009

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 April 22, 2009. The hearing officer resolved the disputed issues by deciding that: (1) the appellant/cross-respondent (claimant) sustained “a compensable injury, medial collateral ligament sprain, on _________”; (2) the compensable injury does not extend to a left knee meniscus tear; and (3) the claimant had disability from September 9 through September 27, 2008.

The claimant appealed, disputing the hearing officer’s extent-of-injury determination. The respondent/cross-appellant (self-insured) responded, urging affirmance of the extent-of-injury determination. The self-insured also appealed, disputing the hearing officer’s compensable injury and disability determinations.


Reversed and remanded for reconstruction of the record.

Section 410.203(a)(1) requires the Appeals Panel to consider the record developed at the CCH. The CCH was recorded on one compact disc (CD). The CD enclosed in the file is blank. The file indicates that there was no court reporter and the file does not contain a transcript or a tape recording of the CCH proceeding. Consequently, we reverse and remand this case to the hearing officer for reconstruction of the CCH record. See Appeals Panel Decision (APD) 060353, decided April 12, 2006.

Pending resolution of the remand, a final decision has not been made in this case. 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 Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, pursuant to Section 410.202 which was amended June 17, 2001, to exclude Saturdays and Sundays and holidays listed in Section 662.003 of the Texas Government Code in the computation of the 15-day appeal and response periods. See APD 060721, decided June 12, 2006.

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




Margaret L. Turner
Appeals Judge


Thomas A. Knapp
Appeals Judge

Veronica L. Ruberto
Appeals Judge