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Title:
Beaumont Independent School Dist. v. Parkerson
Date:
April 30, 2003
Citation:
105 S.W.3d 761
Status:
Published Opinion

Beaumont Independent School Dist. v. Parkerson

Court of Appeals of Texas,

Beaumont.

BEAUMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellant,

v.

Maxie PARKERSON, Appellee.

No. 09–03–019 CV.

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Submitted April 30, 2003.

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Decided May 8, 2003.

Attorneys & Firms

*761 Robert J. Rose Sr., Timaeus & Rose, LLP, Beaumont, for appellant.

Charlton P. Hornsby, Charlton P. Hornsby, P.C., Beaumont, for appellee.

Before GAULTNEY, JJ.

OPINION

DON BURGESS, Justice.

Maxie Parkerson filed suit for judicial review of a final decision of the Workers’ *762 Compensation Commission (“Commission”). Parkerson complains of the Commission’s determination that he “knew or should have known that his employment with [BISD] might have caused him to sustain a work related injury on January 1, 1993.” The Commission found the date of injury to be January 1, 1993. Parkerson argued the date of injury was September 19, 2000, and claims he was denied temporary income benefits, supplemental income benefits or impairment income benefits because of the erroneous date of injury. The Hearing Officer found Parkerson’s date of injury to be January 1, 1993, that Parkerson timely reported his compensable injury, and Parkerson had sustained disability since November 21, 2000. Parkerson appealed from that decision; the appeals panel affirmed. Parkerson subsequently filed suit for judicial review. BISD eventually filed a plea to the jurisdiction, which the trial court denied. BISD appeals claiming the trial court erred in denying its plea.

BISD’s plea to the jurisdiction alleged Parkerson’s petition was for “a judicial review of issues other [than] compensability, income or death benefits.” Therefore, BISD contends, it is not TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. § 2001.176 (Vernon 2000).

Under the Labor Code, suit must be filed “not later than the 40th day after the date on which the decision of the appeals panel was filed....” TEX. LAB.CODE ANN. § 410.252(b) (Vernon 1996).

Section 410.301 provides:

(a) Judicial review of a final decision of a commission appeals panel regarding compensability or eligibility for or the amount of income or death benefits shall be conducted as provided by this subchapter.

(b) A determination of benefits before a court shall be in accordance with this subtitle.

See section 410.255, all other issues are governed by Subchapter G, Chapter 2001, of the Texas Government Code. The issue before us, therefore, is whether the date of injury is a matter “regarding compensability or eligibility for or the amount of income.” If so, the petition was timely filed in the proper county. Otherwise, the trial court erred in denying BISD’s plea to the jurisdiction.

BISD cites section 410.301.

*763 In Rodriguez, 997 S.W.2d at 253. The court noted that

[a]ny dispute that challenges an impairment rating’s finality necessarily implicates the date of maximum medical improvement and the amount paid as temporary income benefits. This dispute may also impact the employee’s eligibility for, and the calculation of, impairment income benefits and supplemental income benefits. Disputes about an injured employee’s impairment rating are, therefore, disputes about benefits.

section 410.301 of the Texas Labor Code and the petition was therefore timely filed in the proper county.2 BISD’s sole issue is overruled.

The judgment of the trial court is AFFIRMED.

Footnotes

1

We do not determine the validity of this assertion as it is not necessary to the disposition of this appeal but note that since Texas Dep’t of Transp. v. Beckner, 74 S.W.3d 98, 101–03 (Tex.App.-Waco 2002, no pet.).

2

The review is therefore conducted pursuant to Subchapter G under a modified de novo standard. See TEX. LAB.CODE ANN. § 410.301 (Vernon 1996).

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