Your INCOME is THE FOUNDATION to your whole life. It's the engine that pays for virtually everything important, the mortgage, utility bills, groceries so you can eat. If you lose your income - you lose everything else.
**** A 35 year old business or medical professional earning $300,000 per year working for 30 years to age 65 will earn $9,000,000 not including any raises or inflation! Isn't that worth protecting and insuring?
Sean Cresap is one of our top, most valued clients. Sean "gets it." Watch him share how he feels about the importance of using disability insurance to protect his income, his income, his family, his business and employees, and how he feels about working with us at Radwick Financial Group.
Check out this great video by Monica Soltes, telling her story about the impacts of being disabled and things most people haven't considered. Monica wants her story to help others.
Insured your INCOME like you insure everything else - your life, home, cars, etc. Your INCOME is your greatest asset. Think of all the things you will use it for in your working earning years between now and retirement.
If you die from cancer.... which comes first? Do you die first - or get SICK first? Get sick first and die, second, right? So doesn't it make sense to insure what happens FIRST? Doctors' job is to save you and with modern medical technology, they are really good at it and often succeed in saving you, which means your life insurance will not pay! But just because you "survive" doesn't mean you can make a LIVING. Disability Insurance addresses illness and injury and should come FIRST. Life Insurance should come SECOND.
Disability Awareness, Long Term Disability Claims Review, 2014
National Safety Council, Injury Facts, 2012 Edition
National Safety Council, Injury Facts, 2010 Edition
Illness and Injury as Contributors to Bankruptcy, Health Affairs, February 2, 2005
National Underwriter, 2002
Council for Disability Awareness
Disability Insurance is Income Protection. It's "paycheck protection." It protects your cash flow. As a W2 employee, about 60% your earned income and up to about 80% if you are a business owner, can be protected, tax-free if you get sick or hurt and are unable to work, whether it's on a total, partial, or catastrophic on or off the job.
Being "disabled," simply means being unable to do some or all of the important duties of your occupation or a line of work that you could be reasonably expected to do based on your knowledge, training and experience. Some policies are very specific about protecting YOUR actual duties and job title and description.
Protecting your income with disability insurance is even MORE IMPORTANT than life insurance. WHY?......Because modern medical technology is so effective and keeping you alive, you are TWICE as likely to SURVIVE an accident or illness than to die. But just because you "live" doesn't mean you can make a "living."
Financial planning and risk management should use "triage," the way it is used in emergency medicine, treating the most serious urgent things first. Protecting your income should come FIRST, before all else. Without your income, you have NOTHING. Name ONE person you know who DIED and then became "disabled" afterwards. Impossible, right? This is not what happens. Protecting your income with disability insurance should come BEFORE life insurance.
Any number of illnesses or accidents
can keep you from working.
What if disability insurance didn't exist? Or what if you simply decided to go without it and "self-insure?" Or what if you could not medically qualify for a policy? What are your alternatives? Let's see how viable they really are....
If you saved 10% of everything you ever made each year, solely as an emergency fund, it would only take ONE year to wipe out 10 years of savings! If YOU had no income, how long could you make it on your savings? Take your current savings and divide it by your monthly nut. You SHOULD have one full year's worth of living expenses in the bank at all times, 6 months as an absolute minimum. It should really be emphasized this savings is truly for emergencies only, not saving up for a new car, or a vacation or a down payment on a primary or vacation home or putting money into retirement. Who do you know who TRULY puts away 10% of their income, religiously, every single year, solely for emergencies? No one, right?
Will you be forced to sell or liquidate your assets at a loss? When you are desperate and in hurry to create CASH you never get top-dollar or the best price
The average length of time for SS to hear your case is about one and a half years. On average, 70% of all applications are turned down. The definition of being disabled is extremely strict and rigid. It must be permanent and total, and or likely to result in death and you must be unable to do ANY occupation; it does NOT protect YOUR occupation. If you can be a Walmart greeter or say "would you like to supersize that" you are not disabled. BTW.... Did you know if you receive money from a "GoFundMe" account, your Social Security can be reduced?
This only covers you and your employees (as required by law) IF or they have an accident while ON the job. It does not cover illnesses or anything OFF the job. FYI - 90% of all disabilities occur OFF the job and the majority are from illnesses, not accidents. MOST business owners do not elect coverage and are therefore totally unprotected.
Let's face it - when people are sick or injured, and are in pain, especially over a long time, they get cranky and irritable. Will your marriage suffer? Often only your spouses income alone will not be enough to cover all your bills; most people's current lifestyle depends on both incomes. What if your spouse also has to take time off from THEIR job, reducing or eliminating their income to take care of YOU at home, bathing, eating, dressing, in addition to driving you to and from doctors and physical therapy appointments? All this, plus still having to run the household and taking care of your children is a lot to ask.
Even if you have coverage through your job or employer, often this is very generic, and cookie cutter and YOU do not OWN the policy or have any control over it whatsoever. The coverage can be altered, modified, or deleted entirely at the discretion of the employer. If you get laid off or terminated or resign, you most likely will lose your coverage. What if your health has deteriorated and you are no longer insurable and can't medically qualify to obtain new coverage?
You may in fact have access to a professional trust association like the "American Medical Association," (AMA) or the "American Veterinary Medical Association," (AVMA) but have you read and do you fully understand the fine print? Are you aware of all the caveats and important clauses? There are many of them and you don't want to find out at claim time you don't really have what you thought you had. PRIVATE, independently owned, individual disability insurance through an insurance company will always provide better, more solid protection with LOTS of guarantees.