Although it is difficult to consider, one day you could lose your ability to earn a living. An accident or injury could occur at any time, and cannot be anticipated. According to statistics presented by the Center for Disease Control’s injury research department, an estimated 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a debilitating disability, and each year about 80,000 more become disabled. The CDC concluded that just over half of all non-minor injuries result in some sort of debilitating disability.
Your Medical insurance does not cover all of the costs that accompany a disability, which comes as a surprise to many people. Even if you are covered by a Group policy, you might only be eligible to receive a small percentage (usually 50%-60% of gross income) of your current income if you cannot work, and benefits could last only a short time.
Social security disability will only be approved if you are severely disabled, and payments will not begin until six months after you have applied. Do not expect savings to cover you during this period; you might exhaust them completely within a few months. This could damage your credit if you fall behind on mortgage, insurance, or bill payments: 46% of all home foreclosures are caused by a disability, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sudden loss of income is a devastating, unpredictable experience and it pays to be adequately prepared.
A private Disability Income insurance policy can provide monthly benefits to replace a portion of your income in the event you become disabled. This will prevent you from exhausting your retirement savings, which would leave you without money to support yourself later in life.
Although most people understand the importance of Life insurance, it seems many overlook the value of Disability coverage. It seems we anticipate death more fully than we anticipate becoming disabled. Disability insurance could prevent this unanticipated financial strain, by ensuring that you and your family are able to maintain a comfortable standard of living regardless of whether you are able to work.