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Healthy, working adults becoming disabled during their lifetime happens more often that you might think. In fact, according to a Social Security statistic, 1 in 4 20-year-olds will become disabled before they reach retirement age. For many attorneys, their ability to earn an income plays an important role in their financial security. It can also be a considerable part of their family’s financial security. In this blog, our professional insurance administrators discuss common misconceptions lawyers have regarding disability insurance.

1. It’s too expensive

We are met with, “It’s too expensive” all too often from attorneys, but the reality of the situation is, not having long-term disability coverage might jeopardize you and your family’s livelihood should something happen to your ability to earn an income. Consider this, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Group Disability Rate & Risk Management, the average long-term disability claim lasts for 34.6 months. Do you have enough savings to pay your mortgage, credit card debt, and other bills for over two years? Long-term disability is something you can’t afford not to have!

2. I’m healthy, I don’t need it

Long-term disability can happen to anyone. In fact, below are the most common causes of long-term disability, all of which can occur in a seemingly healthy individual.

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cancer
  • Injuries/Poisoning
  • Mental health disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders

As a healthy young attorney, you also likely have significant amount of student debt that you must pay off. If you are unable to work, that debt can become an extremely heavy burden.

3. I have workers comp and social security coverages

Workers compensation and social security might help support you, but they are likely not enough to pay off the significant amount of bills you will likely have as an attorney. Statistically, long-term disability claims are not work related, which means your workers’ compensation coverage may not even apply.

We hope that now you have a better understanding of why purchasing long term disability is so important for attorneys. At Insurance Specialists, Inc., we offer quality insurance benefits at competitive rates. Call to get started: (888) 451-0883.