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APD 162515
February 8, 2017

APD 162515

February 8, 2017

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 September 15, 2016, with the record closing on October 27, 2016, in (city), Texas, with (hearing officer) presiding as hearing officer. The hearing officer resolved the disputed issue by deciding that respondent 2 (claimant) is not entitled to travel reimbursement expenses from January 18 through February 14, 2015, for medical treatment at the direction of (Dr. D). The appellant (subclaimant) appeals the hearing officer’s determination arguing that the determination was rendered based upon an issue not in dispute. Respondent 1 (carrier) responded, urging affirmance. The appeal file does not contain a response from the claimant.


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 an audio recording of the CCH. The file indicates that there was no court reporter present at the hearing and the file does not contain a transcript. Accordingly, we reverse and remand this case to the hearing officer who presided over the CCH, if possible, for reconstruction of the 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 SERVICE LLOYDS INSURANCE COMPANY and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is




K. Eugene Kraft
Appeals Judge


Carisa Space-Beam
Appeals Judge

Margaret L. Turner
Appeals Judge