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2004-UP-635 - Simpson v. Omnova Solutions
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THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 239(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

Linda C. Simpson, Employee,        Respondent,

v.

Omnova Solutions, Inc., Employer, and Pacific Employers Insurance Company, Carrier,        Appellants.


Appeal From Chester County
Kenneth G. Goode, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2004-UP-635
Submitted October 1, 2004 – Filed December 16, 2004


AFFIRMED


W. Hugh McAngus, of Columbia, for Appellant.

William T. Toal and Luther J. Battiste, III, both of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  The appellate panel of the Workers’ Compensation Commission issued a default order pursuant to 25A S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 67-709 (2003) affirming the single commissioner’s decision that Linda Simpson’s claim against Omnova Solutions, Inc. was compensable.  The order stated that upon inspection of “the vote sheets that two of the three panel members registered intent within ten days [to vote] but did not officially ‘vote’ by checking a vote category . . . [and] there is no appropriate ‘category’ for soliciting additional evidence and holding issues in abeyance.”  The circuit court affirmed, concluding the appellate panel failed to register a vote on Simpson’s claim within the time prescribed by its own regulations and was therefore deemed to have affirmed the decision of the single commissioner.  Omnova Solutions and its insurance carrier, Pacific Employers Insurance Company, appeal. 

We affirm [1] pursuant to Rule 220(b)(2), SCACR, and the following authorities: 25A S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 67-709(C) (2003) (“The Commissioners reviewing a case may confer and shall vote within ten days of the date of review.”); 25A S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 67-709(F) (2003) (“If a Commissioner fails to register a vote within the periods referred to above, the Commissioner is deemed to have registered a vote affirming the Hearing Commissioner and may not vote otherwise.”); Byerly v. Conner, 307 S.C. 441, 444, 415 S.E.2d 796, 799 (1992) (stating an appellate court will give a regulation’s terms their plain and ordinary meaning and may not resort to a forced interpretation to limit or expand the regulation’s operation); Goodman v. City of Columbia, 318 S.C. 488, 491, 458 S.E.2d 531 (1995) (stating the commission’s decision interpreting its own regulations is given great deference); Brown v. South Carolina Dep’t of Health & Envtl. Control, 348 S.C. 507, 560 S.E.2d 410 (2002) (recognizing the court generally gives deference to an administrative agency’s interpretation of an applicable statute or its own regulation and will reject the agency’s interpretation only when the plain language of the statute is contrary to that interpretation).

AFFIRMED.

STILWELL, BEATTY, and WILLIAMS, JJ., concur.


[1]         We decide this case without oral argument, pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.