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Everything You Should Know About Disability Insurance In Canada

Disability insurance is a good choice because it allows you to support yourself even if you can’t work. Your doctor will often ask you to take time off work if you have a serious illness, such as a heart attack or broken arm.

If you don’t have disability insurance, you may not be able to pay your bills and you may have problems running errands at home. Your family needs you, and disability insurance allows you to provide for them even if you can’t work.

Who should apply for disability insurance?

Everyone, as long as they have a regular income, should have disability insurance. Whether you are employed or self-employed, disability insurance is necessary.

Remember that many people in the country do not have enough money in their account to support themselves if they cannot go to work. To help you pay the bills and provide for your family, make sure you apply for disability insurance.

What does disability insurance cover?

There are several types of accidents and injuries that are covered by insurance companies.

Workplace accidents

Insurance such as WSIB covers work-related injuries. Work-related injuries include injuries sustained while lifting in the office or performing any other task for your employer.

If you are injured and cannot go to work, you can get a payment from this coverage to support yourself.

Injuries during and after work

Private insurance companies cover you in case of an accident while you are working or not.

So even if you get injured at home and can’t return to work for a while, you’re protected.

How much disability insurance do I need?

When choosing an insurance policy, be sure to consider your salary and monthly expenses. The insurance company you apply to will take into account your pre-accident income when paying your benefits.

They also use the following numbers to determine your benefits.

  • Benefits as a percentage of income

The benefit is paid as a percentage of your income. Most insurance companies can pay you a minimum of 50% and a maximum of 85% of your gross monthly income. The amount you receive must be enough to support your family.

  • Focus on benefits

All insurance benefits are capped; for example, your insurer may cap your benefits at 6,000 if you were earning 9,000 per month. Remember, disability insurance benefits are tax-free.

  • Duration of services

The duration of benefits is the length of time you will continue to receive benefits after your injury. Generally, this is until you return to work or when you apply for retirement benefits.

  • Waiting period

Your insurer provides a waiting period, after which you will begin receiving your benefits. The standard waiting period is 90 days.

Conclusion

Disability insurance is essential and will supplement your income when you are unable to work. Take the time to choose the right policy for you to ensure that you are comfortable in the event of an injury.

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