I am sorry to hear of your unfortunate situation. I hope that you are healing well. I trust that you have a personal injury lawyer to give you guidance on your legal rights as far as your collision goes. If not, get one, if the collision was the fault of the other driver. We handle these types of cases. www.kevinmadison.com
As far as the Family Medical Leave Act, you should contact an employment law attorney to give you legal advice as to your rights under FMLA.
Best Regards, Kevin
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It really depends. An employer can't fire you in retaliation for taking FMLA leave... but an employer CAN terminate employment even while the employee is out on FMLA so long as it's not for that or some other illegal reason. An employer is not required to hold a position open for someone who is unable to return to work-- but that doesn't mean that the employer won't do so. It really depends on the employer, you, your work history, etc. If you can't return to work, you can't... unfortunately, it's not in your control. The loss of earnings could be part of your damages claim from the accident, assuming that fault lies at least in part with the other driver, or that you have disability or other insurance coverage. You should definitely be speaking to a personal injury lawyer in your area to help determine what your options are.
As for work, I'd advise explaining the situation to your employer, and that you want to return to work as soon as you are able. Hopefully your finances and support network are such that you can focus on getting better for now, and turn to the job situation once you are able.
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