What is accident & sickness insurance?
Specifically, accident and sickness Insurance is a type of income protection policy that can cover your monthly outgoings, should you be unable to work because of serious illness or an accident.
As whole of market, fully authorised insurance advisers, Black Lion Insurance has the knowledge, experience and expertise to recommend just the right policy for your circumstances. Moreover, we offer advice to all. In brief, whether you’re a senior level Director, self-employed, a contractor, a business owner or working full-time, we’re here to help.
In our opinion, accident and sickness insurance advice from Black Lion Insurance could be one of your best-ever decisions.
In spite of the fact that pre-existing conditions may not be covered, this important insurance could offer you replacement loss of earnings in cases of heart disease, cancer, stress and back problems, for example.
Do I really need Accident and Sickness Insurance?
Well, that’s up to you. At first, you may think you don’t need it.
Accident and sickness insurance policies will help you cover the costs of those regular essential payments, such as your mortgage, your bills and groceries. To this end, it generally protects up to 70% of your gross income and be either short or long-term.
All may be well at the moment. However, did you know that according to the Chartered Insurance Institute, just a quarter of the UK’s workers could afford to pay their bills for just three months if they had an accident or were ill?
Truthfully, do you have enough funds in the bank? In similar fashion, if you qualify for sick pay from your employer, payments may only cover a limited period.
By the way, accident and sickness insurance is not the same as private health insurance. To clarify, the latter only covers the cost of your medical treatment and is paid directly to the private healthcare provider.
So, what’s the solution? Up against all the options “out there”, what should you do?
Accident and Sickness Insurance Advice from Black Lion Insurance
With access to all the major UK insurance providers, such as AXA, Aegon, BUPA and Legal & General (plus many, many more), we can research and compare a comprehensive range of policies on your behalf.
Indeed, we really know our stuff and we’d like to share our knowledge with you. That is to say, our approach is to offer you our expertise, rather than sell you something you don’t need.
In the meantime, here’s some free advice from the team:
What is Own Occupation Cover and why do I need it?
Firstly, here at Black Lion, we recommend that you take out an Own Occupation policy. To explain, you will be able to claim on the policy as long as your illness or injury prevents you from carrying out your own specific job rather than any job. In other words, with this vital incapacity definition in place, your claim is much more watertight.
As can be seen, with this type of policy cover, you’re on the right track.
To be honest, we hope that you never need to make a claim. However, if you do, we can process everything for you and answer any questions you may have. Accident and sickness insurance advice from Black Lion Insurance. Of course, you don’t need it until you need it. And then may you really need it.
Can you afford not to?
Unquestionably, having no money coming in will be as stressful as being ill, or suffering an accident. Similarly, if there are people depending on you, the pressure could be immense. Surely, therefore, a robust income protection policy is well worth considering.
In fact, we think it’s THE most important insurance product on which we offer advice. Particularly for the self-employed, IP cover could maximise your chances of getting better WITHOUT the hideous worry of wondering how on earth you are going to pay your mortgage and meet your bills. All things considered, peace of mind is everything.
How does an accident and sickness insurance policy help when you need to claim?
You stop working due to an accident or illness, and stop earning an income.
Let us know, and we'll guide you through the claims process with the insurer.
You will start to receive your monthly payout.
The monthly payout will continue for as long as your insurance policy covers.
What are your policy options?
Short-Term or Long-Term Protection?
There are two types of accident and sickness insurance plans.
Short-term plans usually range from 6 months to 2 years. Long-term plans will pay out until you are well enough to go back to work, whether that’s 1 year or 10 years.
A deferred period, or excess period, refers to the duration of time between stopping working, and when your insurance policy will start to pay out.
Explicitly, this can range from just a couple of days, up to a whole year. Generally, the standard length of time for most long-term insurance policies is 4 weeks.
Policy Cease Age
Your insurance policy cease age is how old you will be when the policy will end. Ordinarily, this is the age you will retire at, but it could be older.
Maximum Pay-Out Period
This refers to the longest length of time that you can make a continuous claim on your income protection insurance.
For short-term policies this could be from anything between 6 months to a couple of years. Usually, there are no restrictions with a long-term policy. In general, you will receive payments until you are either able to return to work, or you reach your policy cease age.
What affects the costs of your policy ?
The higher your monthly payout amount, the higher your policy premium.
The longer the length of time before your policy pays out, the cheaper your premium.
Previous illnesses or injuries may increase policy premiums or be excluded from your cover.
Policy Cease Age
Premiums will be higher with longer running policies.
The older you are, the higher your premiums are likely to be.
The costs of your insurance depend on various factors.
Essentially, the higher you wish your monthly benefit to be the more your monthly premiums will be. Also, you’ll need to consider the length of the policy, as well as your deferred period.
Of course, we’re not ageist, but your age CAN also play a role. The older you are, the more likely you are (in the eyes of the insurers) to make a claim. It goes without saying that your premiums will reflect this.
Also, it’s important to declare any previous medical conditions or illnesses. Certain disorders may not be covered by your income insurance. Moreover, other conditions may mean you incur a higher premium.
Naturally, you will also be asked about your smoking status. Smokers are deemed higher risk resulting in a higher cost for your insurance.
Payment Protection Insurance is optional. There are other providers of Payment Protection Insurance and other products designed to protect you against the loss of income. For impartial information about insurance, please visit the website at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
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