RALEIGH, N.C. - A North Carolina appeals panel on May 6 affirmed the denial of an employee's request to reinstate vocational rehabilitation efforts against his employer and the North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association (NCIGA) and also ruled that the employee is time-barred from recovering any further compensation (Willie B. Johnson v. Southern Tire Sales and Service Inc. and North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association, No. COA13-1074, N.C. App.; 2014 N.C. App. LEXIS 403).