We all have many claims on our hard-earned salaries and we obviously like to get the best value from whatever we buy, so many of us don’t see the true value of something like critical illness insurance – until we need it. When we are young we think we are invulnerable and nothing’s going to …
If you have ever tried to work out which life insurance policy is best for you then you’ll know just how complicated a job it can be. You can be faced with a bewildering array of different products, all making different promises and, if you’re truthful, you don’t really understand any of it.
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Have you ever thought what would happen if you lost your income? Could you manage or would you be tumbling down the slippery slope into debt? You may be fortunate enough to be a dual income family, but if the main breadwinner came out of work could you manage on what you had left?
Have you ever thought what you should do when your term life insurance policy runs out? Term life insurance is taken out over a set number of years and is designed to cover you and yours for major financial obligations should the worst happen.
The world of insurance can sometimes seem complex and confusing and not all types of policy are easily understood – amongst these is critical illness. In these financially stringent times most of us are careful how we spend our money and asking ‘what can critical illness cover do for me?’ is a sensible question.
Protection has become a dirty word since the country became aware they had been ripped off for years by the great PPI mis-selling scandal. Now the distrust created by the episode is leaving thousands of British families at risk of being plunged into debt because they have no financial safety net.
More and more families are choosing to protect their standard of living by taking out insurance which pays out a lump sum if either partner comes out of work through sickness, injury or even death. But experts say far too many families are still working without a safety net.
When we think about taking out a new insurance policy we tend to think about making sure mum and dad are covered if the worst comes to the worst – but what about the kids? It’s not something we like to think about, but what would you do if your child became critically ill?
Payouts for critical illness claims have overtaken claims for life policies for the first time, say Friends Life. Head of underwriting, Chris Pollard, says the provider paid out £122 million in critical illness claims in 2014 – £1 million more than for life claims.