International Leg Wear Group ("ILG") and The Hartford (collectively, "defendants") appeal from the Full Commission of the North Carolina Industrial Commission's ("the Commission") Opinion and Award, which granted Sonia Edith Castaneda ("plaintiff") temporary total disability benefits. We affirm.
Plaintiff, age 41, began to work for ILG in its shipping and packaging department in May 2005. Plaintiff's job duties required her to lift boxes weighing between five and 125 pounds and move them from one conveyor belt to another. On Thursday, 20 October 2005, another employee pushed a "heavy" box down a conveyor belt while plaintiff had her back turned to it, facing the opposite direction. The box struck plaintiff's lower back and caused her to lose her balance. As plaintiff fell, she "[held] onto the rails."
Plaintiff's fellow employees helped her regain her balance since she was unable to stand on her own. Plaintiff testified she felt immediate pain in her lower back and right leg. Plaintiff was transported to the Frye Hospital emergency room where she was prescribed "muscle relaxation medicine" and instructed not to return to work the next day.
The following Monday, 24 October 2005, plaintiff failed to return to work because of severe pain in her back and legs. She informed her supervisors why she was absent. On Tuesday, 25 October 2005, plaintiff returned to work and asked supervisors to send her to a doctor. Plaintiff's supervisor responded by sending plaintiff to the safety precautions office. After she returned from that office, plaintiff's supervisor asked her to sign a "written verbal" warning concerning her work performance. Plaintiff alleged she was unable to read the warning due to her limited knowledge of English, but understood "it said that [she] was not getting along with other people." Plaintiff believed she was being terminated and refused to sign the paper. Plaintiff placed her initials under the following handwritten sentence: "Refused to sign because she feels that she gets along well with American people." Plaintiff contends her supervisors told her that placing her initials on the paper would show they had presented her with the warning. Plaintiff did not receive any prior warnings before this incident. The facts are disputed whether plaintiff voluntarily resigned or was terminated from her employment with ILG on 25 October 2005.
On 26 October 2005, ILG arranged for plaintiff to seek medical care at the Hart Industrial Clinic. Plaintiff was prescribed pain medication and placed on work restrictions. The work restrictions limited her to lifting five pounds or less and prohibited her from any activity requiring bending or twisting. Plaintiff was subsequently treated by Dr. Myron Smith, III ("Dr. Smith") at Carolina Orthopedic. Dr. Smith determined plaintiff suffered from "low back sprain with lower extremity weakness." Due to the weakness in plaintiff's right leg, Dr. Smith ordered an MRI on the lumbar spine. Dr. Smith left his association with Carolina Orthopedic. Plaintiff's care was transferred to Dr. Christopher Daley ("Dr. Daley"), a board certified orthopedic surgeon, who examined and treated her. Plaintiff was subsequently referred to Dr. Ralph Maxy ("Dr. Maxy"), a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery.
On 23 November 2005, a spinal MRI was performed on the plaintiff. The MRI revealed a possible L4-5 annular disc tear. Both Dr. Daley and Dr. Maxy submitted deposition testimony to Deputy Commissioner Ronnie E. Rowell ("Deputy Commissioner Rowell"). Dr. Daley unequivocally opined that plaintiff's "questionable" annular tear was not causally related to the incident that *912occurred on 20 October 2005. Dr. Daley diagnosed plaintiff with "lumbar spondylosis" associated with degenerative disk disease. Dr. Maxy disagreed and opined that it "was quite possible" plaintiff's annular disc tear resulted from this specific incident.
Deputy Commissioner Rowell accorded greater weight to the testimony of Dr. Maxy and concluded plaintiff had sustained an injury by accident, arising out of and in the course of her employment with ILG, which resulted in an annular disc tear injury. Deputy Commissioner Rowell further concluded plaintiff was entitled to temporary total compensation benefits beginning 20 October 2005 until further order of the Commission. Defendants were ordered to pay: (1) compensation to plaintiff at the rate of $346.68 per week and (2) all medical expenses incurred by plaintiff as a result of this injury. Without hearing or receiving further evidence, a divided panel of the Full Commission adopted the Opinion and Award of Deputy Commissioner Rowell. Commissioner Dianne C. Sellers dissented on the basis that Dr. Maxy's opinion "amount[ed] to speculation and plaintiff  failed to carry the burden of proving by competent evidence that a causal relationship exist[ed] between the work-related accident and her annular disc tear." Defendants appeal.
II. Standard of Review
"[W]hen reviewing Industrial Commission decisions, appellate courts must examine whether any competent evidence supports the Commission's findings of fact and whether those findings ... support the Commission's conclusions of law." McRae v. Toastmaster, Inc., 358 N.C. 488, 496, 597 S.E.2d 695, 700 (2004) (internal brackets and quotations omitted). The Full Commission's findings are conclusive on appeal where based on competent evidence, even when there is evidence to the contrary. Raper v. Mansfield Systems, Inc., ___ N.C.App. ___, ___, 657 S.E.2d 899, 904 (March 18, 2008) (No. COA07-681). "The evidence tending to support plaintiff's claim is to be viewed in the light most favorable to plaintiff, and plaintiff is entitled to the benefit of every reasonable inference to be drawn from the evidence." Barbour v. Regis Corp., 167 N.C.App. 449, 454-55, 606 S.E.2d 119, 124 (2004) (quoting Adams v. AVX Corp., 349 N.C. 676, 681, 509 S.E.2d 411, 414 (1998)). The Commission's conclusions of law are reviewed de novo. Effingham v. Kroger Co., 149 N.C.App. 105, 109, 561 S.E.2d 287, 291 (2002). "Where there are sufficient findings of fact based on competent evidence to support the Commission's conclusions of law, the award will not be disturbed because of other erroneous findings which do not affect the conclusions." Meares v. Dana Corp., ___ N.C.App. ___, ___, 666 S.E.2d 819, 823 (2008) (quoting Estate of Gainey v. Southern Flooring & Acoustical Co., 184 N.C.App. 497, 503, 646 S.E.2d 604, 608 (2007)) (internal brackets and quotation marks omitted).
Defendants argue plaintiff failed to establish a causal relationship existed between the work-related accident and plaintiff's annular disc tear. We disagree.
Defendants challenge the following findings of fact entered by the Commission regarding the cause of plaintiff's injury:
3. On the morning of October 20, 2005, plaintiff was working with her back to the conveyor line when one of the heavier boxes was being pushed off the conveyor line by another employee. Plaintiff was unaware of the box and was struck in her mid to low back area and was pushed forward, which twisted her spine in the process. As plaintiff was falling to the floor she landed on some racks.
8. On November 23, 2005, plaintiff had a spinal MRI, which revealed an L4-5 annular disc tear. Dr. Maxy testified that more likely than not, plaintiff's injury at work caused the traumatic L4-5 annular disc tear, which is the reason for plaintiff's ongoing pain and plaintiff's absence of symptoms prior to her injury at work.
9. The Full Commission gives greater weight to the testimony of Dr. Maxy, who specializes in spinal disorders, than to Dr. Daley, who does not specialize in spinal disorders.
*913Based on these findings, the Commission concluded as a matter of law, "[o]n October 20, 2005, plaintiff sustained an injury by accident, arising out of and in the course of her employment with defendant resulting in an annular disc tear injury."
The burden rests upon the plaintiff to produce competent evidence establishing each element of compensability, including a causal relationship between the work-related accident and his or her injury. See Holley v. ACTS, Inc., 357 N.C. 228, 234, 581 S.E.2d 750, 754 (2003) ("Plaintiff has the burden to prove each element of compensability." (Citations omitted)). "The quantum and quality of the evidence required to establish prima facie the causal relationship will of course vary with the complexity of the injury itself." Hodgin v. Hodgin, 159 N.C.App. 635, 639, 583 S.E.2d 362, 365 (2003) (quotation omitted). Where complicated medical questions are presented before the Commission, "only an expert can give competent opinion evidence as to the cause of the injury." Holley, 357 N.C. at 232, 581 S.E.2d at 753 (quotation omitted).
Expert testimony is insufficient to prove causation when "there is additional evidence or testimony showing the expert's opinion to be a guess or mere speculation." Holley, 357 N.C. at 233, 581 S.E.2d at 753. In Holley, the Supreme Court concluded when a doctor's testimony revealed the speculative nature of his opinion, such evidence was insufficient to establish causation. Id. In Holley, one of plaintiff's doctors testified there was a "low possibility" that plaintiff's accident caused her injury. Id. Another doctor testified, "I am unable to say with any degree of certainty whether or not [the injury] is related to the development of her [medical condition]" and "I don't really know what caused [plaintiff's medical condition]." Id. at 233, 581 S.E.2d at 753-54.
The facts in Holley are distinguishable from the case at bar. The Full Commission found that "plaintiff had a spinal MRI, which revealed an L4-5 annular disc tear." This finding was based on competent evidence. Dr. Maxy testified that "[s]he did have an L4/5 annular tear...." Although Dr. Maxy admitted that "you can't tell for sure" what the cause of the annular tear was, this qualifying language goes towards the weight of his testimony and does not rise to the level of "guess" or "speculation" as the doctor's testimony in Holley. See Adams v. Metals USA, 168 N.C.App. 469, 483, 608 S.E.2d 357, 365 (2005), aff'd per curiam, 360 N.C. 54, 619 S.E.2d 495 (2005) ("The fact that the treating physician in the case could not state with reasonable medical certainty that plaintiff's accident caused his disability, is not dispositive - the degree of the doctor's certainty goes to the weight of his testimony."). Dr. Maxy testified it was "quite possible" and "more likely than not" that the tear was caused by plaintiff's work-related injury. See Kelly v. Duke University, ___ N.C.App. ___, ___, 661 S.E.2d 745, 749 (June 3, 2008) (No. COA07-874) (concluding doctor's testimony that plaintiff's death was more likely than not caused by her diabetes is competent evidence to support causation) (quoting Whitfield v. Laboratory Corp. of Am., 158 N.C.App. 341, 351, 581 S.E.2d 778, 785 (2003) ("the `mere possibility of causation,' as opposed to the `probability' of causation, is insufficient to support a finding of compensability")).
The dissent contends Dr. Maxy's opinion is speculative because he based his opinion in part on the assumption that plaintiff suffered a "violent motion," and there was no competent evidence to find plaintiff "arched her back violently" or otherwise suffered a "violent motion." We respectfully disagree. Dr. Maxy opined that "if she arched her back violently, that would cause violent motion between the two vertebrae which could in fact lead to an annular tear. That's the sense in which it can cause an annular tear, any violent motion from the box hitting the back." Although no competent evidence supports a finding that plaintiff in fact arched or twisted her back when she was hit by the box, there is other evidence from which the Full Commission could base a finding that plaintiff's injury caused her annular tear. Estate of Gainey, supra. Dr. Maxy also opined that blunt force trauma, such as being struck forcefully in the back, could cause an annular tear. Plaintiff testified she was hit in the lower back with a heavy box which *914caused her to lose her balance and grab onto the rails. Viewing the facts in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, it is reasonable to infer that when someone is struck by a heavy box with enough force to push a person forward, that motion can be characterized as a violent motion. Barbour, supra. Since there was evidence supporting a finding that plaintiff suffered a violent motion, Dr. Maxy's opinion is not based on speculation.
In Raper v. Mansfield Systems, Inc., ___ N.C.App. at ___, 657 S.E.2d at 905, this Court concluded that there was no evidence precisely identifying the cause of injury. In that case, the plaintiff developed carpal tunnel syndrome after a work accident. Id. A doctor testified that if plaintiff had sprained his wrist as a result of the accident, the wrist sprain "more likely" was the cause of the carpal tunnel syndrome. Id., ___ N.C.App. at ___, 657 S.E.2d at 903. However, there was no evidence supporting a finding that plaintiff sprained his wrist. Id., ___ N.C.App. at ___, 657 S.E.2d at 905. In addition, the doctor acknowledged the sprain could have been caused by diabetes or another cause unrelated to the accident. Id.
Here, it is reasonable to infer from plaintiff's testimony describing the accident, that she suffered a violent motion when she was hit by the box and that the motion caused trauma to the spine, which resulted in the annular tear. The credibility and weight of Dr. Maxy's testimony is for the Full Commission. See Martin v. Martin Bros. Grading, 158 N.C.App. 503, 506, 581 S.E.2d 85, 87 (2003) ("On appeal, this Court may not reweigh the evidence or assess credibility."). Viewed in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, plaintiff's testimony describing the accident and Dr. Maxy's opinion based on the "objective finding" on the MRI as well as plaintiff's past medical history of no prior symptoms, is competent evidence for the Commission to conclude that the annular tear was a compensable injury. Barbour, supra. We affirm on this issue.
IV. Inability to Find Suitable Employment
Defendants also argue that because plaintiff was terminated for misconduct, she "terminated any efforts by Employer-Defendant to satisfy providing any work within any medical restrictions" and she is not entitled to benefits. We disagree.
When an employee has sustained a compensable injury, has been provided light duty or rehabilitative employment, and is terminated for misconduct or other fault of the employee, the termination "does not automatically constitute a constructive refusal to accept employment so as to bar the employee from receiving benefits...." Seagraves v. Austin Co. of Greensboro, 123 N.C.App. 228, 233-34, 472 S.E.2d 397, 401 (1996). "[U]nder the Seagraves' test, to bar payment of benefits, an employer must demonstrate initially that: (1) the employee was terminated for misconduct; (2) the same misconduct would have resulted in the termination of a nondisabled employee; and (3) the termination was unrelated to the employee's compensable injury." McRae, 358 N.C. at 493, 597 S.E.2d at 699. The initial burden is on the employer. Seagraves, 123 N.C.App. at 233, 472 S.E.2d at 401.
If the employer meets this burden, the burden shifts to the employee to rebut the presumption that the employee's misconduct was a constructive refusal to perform the work provided, resulting in a forfeiture of benefits for lost earnings. Id. at 234, 472 S.E.2d at 401. The employee must show that his or her inability to find other employment at a wage comparable to that earned prior to the injury is due to the work-related disability. Id. In deciding these questions, "the Commission is the sole judge of the credibility of the witnesses and the weight to be given their testimony." Flores v. Stacy Penny Masonry Co., 134 N.C.App. 452, 458, 518 S.E.2d 200, 204 (1999) (citation omitted).
Defendants argue that plaintiff constructively refused employment when she failed to sign the letter and is not entitled to any disability benefits.
In the instant case, the Full Commission found that:
On October 24, 2005, plaintiff was in severe pain. She called work and stayed out that day. On October 25, 2005, when plaintiff returned to work, she asked to be sent to a *915doctor. Defendant had plaintiff go to the office where she was requested to sign a "written verbal" warning about work performance. Plaintiff believed she would be terminated if she signed the form, but did initial her name to the form. Defendant was not satisfied and terminated plaintiff. Plaintiff had no prior misconduct or warnings. The undersigned find that there is insufficient evidence to support a finding that plaintiff was terminated for misconduct.
Even if the Full Commission erred in determining that plaintiff was not terminated for misconduct, if she showed that her inability to find other employment at a wage comparable to the wage she earned prior to the injury is due to a work-related disability, then her payments are not barred. Seagraves, supra.
The Full Commission found that
Plaintiff has completed an extensive job search without success at various employers and temporary agencies. Plaintiff's prior jobs all required bending, twisting, and stooping which she can no longer do as a result of her work related injury while employed by defendant. Plaintiff has been on various work restrictions and continues to be assigned restrictions by Dr. Maxy of no lifting more than 15 pounds and no excessive bending, twisting or stooping.
The Full Commission concluded that "Plaintiff has been unable to find suitable employment as a result of her injury, and is entitled to temporary total disability compensation beginning October 20, 2005, and continuing until further order of the Commission. N.C. Gen.Stat. § 97-29."
Plaintiff testified that she could not do "pick-and-pack" jobs because of doctor's restrictions on lifting, bending, twisting and stooping. Plaintiff submitted an exhibit showing that from March 2006 until May 2006 she sought employment from more than twenty employers. Plaintiff also testified that she was told by one employer that due to her physical limitations she could not perform the job duties of the position.
Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, we hold that this evidence supports the conclusion of law that plaintiff's inability to find comparable employment is due to her compensable injury.
Judge McCULLOUGH concurs.
Judge TYSON respectfully dissents in a separate opinion.