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Understanding the pros and cons of short term disability insurance in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2023 | ERISA

Short-term disability insurance is a type of insurance that provides financial protection to individuals who are unable to work due to a temporary disability. In New Jersey, short-term disability insurance typically covers disabilities that last for a few weeks or months rather than long-term disabilities that may last for years.

Advantages of short-term disability insurance

There are several advantages to having short-term disability insurance, including:

  • Financial protection: If you become temporarily disabled and cannot work, short-term disability insurance can provide financial support to help you pay your bills and maintain your standard of living.
  • Time off work: Short-term disability insurance can allow you to take time off work to recover from a disability without worrying about financial stress.
  • Employer coverage: Some employers offer short-term disability insurance as part of their employee benefits package. This bonus can be a convenient and cost-effective way to obtain coverage.

Disadvantages of short-term disability insurance

However, there are also some disadvantages to consider when it comes to short-term disability insurance, including:

  • Cost: Short-term disability insurance can be expensive, especially if you purchase it independently rather than through an employer.
  • Exclusions: Most short-term disability insurance policies have exclusions for certain types of disabilities, such as pre-existing conditions or disabilities caused by certain activities. You may not be covered if you become disabled due to one of these exclusions.
  • ERISA regulations: If you obtain short-term disability insurance through your employer, it may be subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Being subject to ERISA can limit your legal remedies in disputes with your insurer.

In summary, short-term disability insurance can provide valuable financial protection and time off work in the event of a temporary disability. However, it is essential to carefully consider the costs and exclusions of such a policy and any potential ERISA regulations that may apply.

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