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APD 160539
May 4, 2016

APD 160539

May 4, 2016

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 February 22, 2016, in Tyler, Texas, with (hearing officer) presiding as hearing officer. The hearing officer resolved the disputed issues by deciding that: (1) the appellant (claimant) reached maximum medical improvement on May 4, 2015; and (2) the claimant’s impairment rating is 10%.

The claimant appealed the hearing officer’s determinations, contending those determinations are so against the great weight of the evidence as to be clearly wrong and manifestly unjust. The respondent (carrier) responded, urging affirmance.


Reversed and remanded for reconstruction of the record.

Section 410.203(a)(1) requires the Appeals Panel to consider the record at the CCH.  The appeal file does not contain any recording or transcript of the February 22, 2016, CCH. Without a recording or transcript of the CCH a full review of the record could not be completed. Consequently, we reverse and remand this case to the hearing officer who presided over the February 22, 2016, CCH, if possible, 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 TRAVELERS CASUALTY & SURETY COMPANY and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is




AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701-3218.

Carisa Space-Beam
Appeals Judge


K. Eugene Kraft
Appeals Judge

Margaret L. Turner
Appeals Judge