For those who rely on a paycheck, your most valuable asset may not be your home, auto or bank account. Rather, it is your ability to earn a living. In the event that you become disabled, your ability to earn a living will be impacted. Disability insurance replaces a portion of your income if you can’t work for an extended period of time due to illness or injury.
There are two types of disability insurance coverage, short-term and long-term. The chart below outlines the basic differences.
|Short-Term Disability||Long-Term Disability|
|Typically replaces approximately 60-70% of base salary||Typically replaces approximately 40-60% of base salary|
|Benefits pay out for a few months up to one year depending on the policy provisions||Benefits pay for more than 12 months and end when the disability ends. If the disability continues, benefits end after a certain number of years or at retirement age.|
|May involve a short waiting period after you become disabled before benefits are paid||Common waiting period is 90 days after you become disabled before benefits are paid|
While some employers offer disability insurance as an employee benefit, others do not, leaving you exposed to potential financial hardship in the event of a disability. Often times, people dismiss the need for coverage as they only consider the worst case scenarios such as injuries from a devastating accident. However, disability claims can result from back injuries, heart attacks, cancer, diabetes or other illnesses. Self-employed people do not have employer-sponsored benefits, therefore it is critical for business owners to have disability income insurance protection.
Purchasing an individual disability insurance policy provides the following advantages:
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This material contains only general descriptions and is not a solicitation to sell any insurance product or security, nor is it intended as any financial or tax advice. For information about specific insurance needs or situations, contact your insurance agent. Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company.