Hello. Thank you for coming to JustAnswer. I am Thoreau and I am sending this answer to you only a few minutes after you asked your question.
I'm very sorry to hear about your injury. If you were injured at work, you may want to apply for worker's compensation. You can reach the North Dakota Workforce Safety
and Insurance here: http://www.workforcesafety.com/. If an employer is maintaining dangerous conditions in the workplace, that can provide a basis for a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and OSHA
can investigate the matter. As for time off, an employer can require an employee to use vacation time for medical leave purposes unless there is a contract or policy to the contrary. However, an employee could be still entitled to compensation for lost work, medical expenses, etc. under worker's compensation. Ultimately, for a serious injury, an employee can be entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. FMLA
leave can be taken all at once or intermittently when sporadic leave is medically necessary. The FMLA applies to employers with 50+ employees within 75 miles of the workplace and employees who ahve worked for the employee for at least a year and a total of 1250 hours.
I'm sorry to hear about your injury and I hope that you recover fully very soon. Please remember that my job here is to provide accurate information about the law. Providing bad news is the hardest part of doing my job but it's a big part of doing my job well. If you feel that the law is wrong or unfair, I'd strongly encourage you to contact your legislators, as they are the only ones who can change it.