The average worker in the United States rarely considers the possibility of becoming disabled, unless he or she happens to have a high-risk job or engage in extreme hobbies. As long as you stay relatively healthy, and avoid unnecessary risks, chances are that you will not need any long-term disability insurance, right?
As it turns out, for people 20 years of age today, 25 percent may become disabled prior to reaching retirement age. Most people tend to think of disability as the result of a catastrophic accident. However, disease is the leading source of disability, according to 2013 claim documents. Connective tissue and musculoskeletal disorders, which often lead to issues in hands, feet, and the neck, were most frequently reported; followed closely by cancer.
For most young people, the idea of contracting a disabling illness seems far-fetched, but realistically, it will happen to some. Becoming disabled, even temporarily, can often lead to unexpected unemployment. Work absences from long-term disability are almost three years on average, based on reporting from The Council for Disability Awareness.
Certain people may be able to live on savings for three years (or more), but most people cannot afford to be out of work for such a long time. Understanding this fact, long term disability insurance policies are designed to supplement lost income for an increased period of time.
Often, employers will provide long-term disability insurance to their employees, though it is also possible to purchase a policy on your own.