Weighing the Odds of Disability, for Insurance Purposes – New York Times – 10/20/12




The New York Times

Wealth Matters – October 20, 2012

Weighing the Odds of Disability, for Insurance Purposes

By Paul Sullivan

Of all the types of insurance people are thinking about, disability insurance may be the last on the list.

Yet it does serve an important purpose in replacing a portion of your salary if you get hurt or become sick and are unable to work for several months or more.

According to the Social Security Administration, a 20-year-old in 2011 had a 30 percent chance of being disabled for at least six months before retirement.

Anyone who is working and paying into Social Security is eligible to apply for Social Security disability insurance, though the average benefit is only $1,188 a month.

Comments October 20, 2012

To qualify for Social Security disability insurance you must be completely unable to work in any occupation, not just your own occupation. This requirement eliminates 65 percent of applicants. Only 3 percent of approved applicants receive a monthly benefit over $2,000.

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