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Who can believe that we’re almost halfway to Christmas, and at the end of the financial year? For many of us, 2022 has been another challenging year – whether it was the endless rain and flooding, turbulent financial markets, or rising inflation and $15 lettuce! If you’re feeling a little worried about your future financial security, you’re not alone. Getting on top of your super is a great way of getting back in control. We all know how important it is to our future financial wellbeing, but it’s easy to forget when you’re balancing work, kids, pets and everything else! But if we’ve learned anything from the last couple of years, things can change very quickly, and it’s important to know your rights and options in the event that you find yourself unable to work because of illness or injury. Insurance in your super, including total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance and income protection, is a crucial part of protecting the future for you and your family.
· are thinking about making a TPD or income protection claim
· have already lodged a claim but you’re not happy with how it’s going, or
· just want to get organised and ensure you’re across what your rights and entitlements are
let Littles help! If you’re time poor, this blog summarises some of the most important things you need to know about your super and the insurance coverage it provides.
While most of us already have lots of different kinds of insurance, running a super TPD claim can be complex. Understanding all of your options early on in the process is crucial. Obtaining high quality legal advice from TPD experts before you make your claim – or even before you stop work – can set you up for success in the long run.
If your super balance falls below a certain amount, or your account becomes inactive because you stop making contributions, you may lose your insurance coverage. Before making changes to your super arrangements, have a careful think through the potential impacts.
Every super fund and insurer is different. It’s worth familiarising yourself with your super fund and the default cover that you have by virtue of being a member of the fund.
I already have lots of insurance. Why do I need insurance through my super fund – Littles
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Are you an AustralianSuper member – Littles
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If you’re not quite up to speed with all the changes to super laws that occurred in 2021, don’t stress! We’ve broken down the key points in a few handy articles.
Is your insurer bombarding you with requests for information? Telling you that you need to sit down with an investigator? Taking months to respond to simple queries? We say: know your rights!
It’s easy to feel despondent if your insurer has rejected your TPD claim. However, don’t despair. At Littles, we have successfully helped clients who’ve had their claims rejected get a fair go from their insurer.
Ignore the misinformation. If you are suffering from a mental illness or condition that prevents you from working, you can generally make a TPD claim.
Many people believe that TPD insurance is for people who have been injured as a result of a workplace incident. This is not the case. If you are suffering from a mental illness or condition that prevents you from working, you can generally make a TPD claim.
Every insurer and TPD policy is different. This includes how ‘total and permanent disability’ is defined, and the limitations this places on you in terms of working after your claim has been accepted. Under some policies, you may be able to work after you have successfully claimed TPD benefits.
If you can no longer work because of an injury that occurred at work, you may be able to make a workers compensation claim and a TPD claim at the same time.
Do you have an injury or illness that prevents you from working, or just want to know more about what insurance you have under your super? Get in touch with Littles for a free super claims check. We can help you understand what you’re entitled to. Know where you stand, and get peace of mind.