A serious health condition can involve some or all of the following:
- Conditions that require inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility
- Conditions that incapacitate an employee or employee’s family member for more than three consecutive days and require ongoing medical treatment
- Chronic conditions that cause occasional periods when an employee or employee’s family member are incapacitated and require treatment by a health care provider
- Pregnancy and childbirth
This definition includes conditions such as cancer, heart attacks, strokes, severe injuries, Alzheimer's disease, and/or terminal diseases. A serious health condition is not intended to cover short-term condit ions for which treatment and recovery are very brief, such as common cold, influenza, earaches, upset stomach, headaches (other than migraines), and/or routine dental or orthodontia problems unless complications arise.