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 July 9, 2012, in [City], Texas, with [hearing officer] presiding as hearing officer. The hearing officer resolved the disputed issues by deciding that the appellant (claimant) reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) on January 21, 2011, with a 13% impairment rating (IR). The claimant appealed, disputing the hearing officer’s determinations of MMI and IR. The respondent (carrier) responded, urging affirmance.
Reversed and remanded for reconstruction of the record.
Section 410.203(a)(1) provides that the Appeals Panel shall consider the record developed at the CCH. The appeal file contains two compact discs (CD). Both CDs are approximately 51 minutes and 47 seconds long but contain only static. One of the CDs is marked as a duplicate. The appeal file does not indicate that a court reporter was present and the file does not contain a transcript or other recording. Consequently, we remand the case for reconstruction of the CCH record.
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 Appeals Panel Decision 060721, decided June 12, 2006.
The true corporate name of the insurance carrier is AMERICAN ZURICH INSURANCE COMPANY and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is
CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY
211 EAST 7TH STREET, SUITE 620
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701-3232.
Margaret L. Turner
Cynthia A. Brown
Thomas A. Knapp