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APD 211174
September 16, 2021

APD 211174

September 16, 2021

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 June 10, 2021, with the record closing on June 17, 2021, in (city), Texas, with (administrative law judge) presiding as the administrative law judge (ALJ). The ALJ resolved the disputed issues by deciding that: (1) the compensable injury of (date of injury), extends to bilateral wrist sprains; (2) the compensable injury of (date of injury), does not extend to bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome or left cubital tunnel syndrome; (3) the appellant (claimant) reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) on January 9, 2019; and (4) the claimant’s impairment rating (IR) is zero percent. The claimant appealed the ALJ’s extent-of-injury determination that was adverse to her, as well as the ALJ’s MMI and IR determinations. The respondent (carrier) responded, urging affirmance of the appealed determinations. The ALJ’s determination that the compensable injury of (date of injury), extends to bilateral wrist sprains was not appealed and has become final pursuant to Section 410.169.


Reversed and remanded for reconstruction of the record.

The ALJ’s decision and order states that the following exhibits were admitted into evidence: ALJ’s exhibit 1; claimant’s exhibits 1 through 9; and carrier’s exhibits A through V. The carrier’s exhibit list states that carrier’s exhibit M contains 3 pages; however, the case file provided to us for review does not contain any pages identified as exhibit M. Because the record is incomplete, it must be remanded for the addition or reconstruction of the missing exhibits. See Appeals Panel Decision (APD) 030543, decided April 18, 2003; APD 210136, decided March 26, 2021.   

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 ALJ, 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 AMERICAN ZURICH INSURANCE COMPANY and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is

AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701-3218.

Carisa Space-Beam
Appeals Judge


Cristina Beceiro
Appeals Judge

Margaret L. Turner
Appeals Judge