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Why disability insurance is critical

By Jason Alderman, April 22, 2014

Most people understand why having life insurance is a good idea: Nobody wants to leave their survivors in a financial lurch if they were to die suddenly.

But what if you suffer an accident or illness and don’t die, but rather, become severely disabled? Could you or your family make ends meet without your paycheck, possibly for decades?

Although most people are entitled to Social Security disability insurance benefits if they’ve paid sufficient FICA payroll taxes through the years, the eligibility rules are extremely strict, applying can take many months, and the average monthly benefit is only about $1,150.

So what are your other disability coverage options? Many companies provide sick leave and short-term disability coverage to reimburse employees during brief periods of illness or injury. Some also provide long-term disability insurance that replaces a percentage of pay for an extended period of time.

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