In the winter of 2004, a teenager named Nathan Copeland was in a car wreck that rendered him tetraplegic - that is, unable to move his four limbs. His physicians assumed he would never be able to reverse the effects of paralysis and regain sensation. However, thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh, he is achieving exactly that.
What happens if you have healed from your workers compensation injury, but you still have severe pain? Say for instance you fell from a ladder and tore your ACL. After surgery and weeks of physical therapy, you are nearly healed, but you still have severe pain that keeps you from doing your job. The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act provides that your employer may be required to offer you medical treatment that lessens your period of disability, brings about a cure of your injury, or provides you "relief."