The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, gives employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to deal with their own serious health condition or that of a family member. After 12 weeks, if you’re not ready to return to work, you may have some options.
For example, your employer may have a short-term or long-term disability policy that would permit you to continue to be employed while you’re getting better. It’s also possible that you may have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It could be that your employer is required to accommodate you by giving you more than 12 weeks of leave while you get better and deal with your disability.
If you have any questions about that, or if you have any problems after your 12 weeks of leave has expired, you should consult an employment lawyer, describe your situation, and see if you can be helped by that attorney.