Disability insurance can help protect you and your family from an unexpected illness or accident that leaves you unable to work and earn an income.
Generally, disability insurance replaces between 60% and 85% of your regular income, up to a maximum amount, for a specified time if you:
- temporarily can't work
- are permanently disabled due to an injury or illness
Permanent refers to the nature of the disability. It does not mean that you'll get benefits for the rest of your life.
Many employers offer disability insurance. However, you can get your own disability insurance plan through a life and health insurance agent.
If you're self-employed, you can also get disability insurance that will cover many of your business expenses if you're unable to work.