Disability Facts That May Surprise You

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Disability can happen to anyone. Anytime. Anywhere. No one plans to become disabled. If the unforeseeable happens, only proper planning with individual disability income insurance can help protect a portion of your earned income for the things that matter to you if you become sick or hurt and unable to work.

Disability Quick Facts

67% of american employees live from paycheck to paycheck,¹ without enough savings to cushion the financial impact a disability may cause.

Just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire.²

69% of the private sector workforce has no long-term disability insurance.³

Only a small fraction – 5% – of disabling accidents and illnesses are work related. The other 95% are not, meaning Workers compensation doesn’t cover them.4

Causes of Disabilities

It is not uncommon for people to assume that most disabilities are the result of accidents. In reality, the majority of disabilities people suffer are due to various forms of illnesses.

Age and Disability

As you grow older, your chance of suffering from a disability increases significantly. Note below that the percentage of the population that is disabled dramatically increases at approximately age 55.

Social Security Disability Benefit Facts

According to the u.s. census about 57 million, or 1 in 5 Americans, live with disabilities, and about 38 million or 1 in 10 has a severe disability. As stated it the chart below, only about 40 percent of applicants are awarded benefits under the law’s strict disability standard.

Of the 10,088,739 people receiving social security disability benefits, the majority were disabled workers —approximately 87.5%. With the average monthly benefit paid totaling at $981.72. 5


These statistics show that over the course of a person’s life, it is not uncommon for one to become disabled. What may come as a surprise to many is not only causes of disabilities but the potential financial loss associated with a permanent disability.

Disabilities can occur at any time. educating yourself is a good place to start to help you reduce your own personal risk of becoming disabled.

1 American Payroll Association, “Getting Paid in America”, survey, 2012. 2 U.S. Social Security Administration, fact sheet February 7, 2013. 3 Social Security Administration Disability Insurance fact sheet, July 26, 2013. 4 Council of Disability Awareness, Long-Term Disability Claims Review, 2013. 5 Social Security administration, master beneficiary record, 100 percent data, October 2013. A disability income policy has exclusions and limitations. For costs and complete details of coverage, please contact Lenox Advisors at 212-536-8700. CRN201512 – 178859 © 2013 Lenox Advisors, inc. all rights reserved.