Accident Insurance 101
Even minor accidents can lead to large medical bills or missed work, resulting in financial hardship. Regular bills – including mortgage or rent, groceries and utilities – don’t stop when an employee is out of work after an accident. Voluntary accident benefits are paid directly to the policyholder* as cash that can be used however it’s needed — even to help with everyday living expenses.
Accident insurance provides cash benefits for expenses that aren’t fully covered by health insurance. These may include:
Benefits for emergency-room treatment such as emergency-room visits, x-rays, diagnostic exams, physical therapy and follow-ups.
Benefits for ambulance, including ambulance transportation or air-ambulance transportation to a hospital.
Benefits for hospitalization, including each day the policyholder is confined in a hospital due to injuries sustained in a covered accident.
An optional lump-sum death benefit rider for covered common-carrier accidents and other accidents, if the policyholder has purchased an optional accidental death benefit rider.
Who needs accident insurance?
Almost everyone can benefit from accident insurance – after all, no one is immune to accidental injury.
Major medical coverage only goes so far, and even with it, you can still be left with tremendous out-of-pocket costs. According to our lifestyle calculator, the average cost of a broken leg is $9,300. After major medical, you could still be left with $3,720 in medical expenses that may not be covered by your work’s health insurance plan. A plan like Aflac Accident Insurance pays you cash (unless assigned otherwise) that can be used to help with the out-of-pocket expenses that may not be covered by major medical in the event of a qualifying accident.