In requesting ongoing disability compensation for work-related injuries, North Carolina courts presume plaintiff's pain, discomfort and related medical treatment is directly related to previously-established compensable injuries.
This standard was set in the 1997 North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in Parsons v. Pantry, Inc. It's sometimes referred to as the "Parsons presumption."
In the more recent case of Gonzalez v. Tiny Maids, Inc., an employer appealed the reinstatement of disability benefits, applied retroactively, to a worker who had suffered a compensable injury and alleged ongoing medical problems stemmed directly from that same issue. Defendant company and insurer insisted it had successfully refuted worker's evidence under Parsons, but appellate court noted the company presented no evidence to suggest plaintiff's discomfort or pain was unrelated to her prior work injuries.