When you begin “shopping” for life insurance, one thing that many people begin to notice particularly if they have a pre-existing medical condition is that qualifying for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy especially from one of the top life insurance companies can be quite difficult!
You’re trying to purchase a traditional term or whole life insurance policy with a condition like paraplegia or quadriplegia it can sometimes feel impossible.
But that’s why…
We here at TermLife2Go chose to write this article so that we can not only help “shed” some light on what the process of applying for a traditional life insurance policy will look like when you have either paraplegia or quadriplegia. As well as, hopefully provide you with a few “tips” which could mean the difference between getting insured vs denied coverage.
Without further ado, let’s drive right into the discussion by first defining both of these conditions and point out a couple of reasons why insurance companies are going to be so concerned about them.
Paraplegia vs Quadriplegia?
In short, paraplegia is the complete loss of movement (i.e. paralysis) of the lower limbs while quadriplegia or tetraplegia is defined as paralysis of all four limbs.
How does this happen?
There are many reasons why someone can become a paraplegic. Some of the most common include:
- Accidents (ie trauma to the spinal cord)
- Gullian Barre Syndrome
- Birth Defect
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spinocerebellar hereditary spastic paraplegia
These are just some of the causes. There are other diseases and issues that could also cause paraplegia and or quadriplegia.
Treatment for Paraplegia/Quadriplegia.
Physiotherapy can be helpful. This can help the patient to control other muscles which in turn increases mobility.
Recovering from Paraplegia or Quadriplegia.
There are very few instances in which a person can recover from paraplegia. Some of the situations wherein a patient may recover include:
- Transverse Myelitis
It’s at this point in the conversation that we would like to remind people that we’re not doctors. All we are is a bunch of life insurance agents who are really good at helping folks who have been diagnosed with a pre-existing medical condition qualify for life insurance.
So, if you do have any specific medical questions about your condition, please call a doctor. But if all you’re looking to do is find a life insurance policy that you might be able to qualify for, well good news, you’ve found the right place to look!
Qualifying for Life Insurance with Paraplegia or Quadroplegia.
If you are applying for life insurance, then the number one thing life insurance companies look at is your risk factor. Do you have a disease or sickness that could lower your life expectancy?
While for the most part, people who are paraplegics can actually go on to life normal expectancies, the extent of neurological impairment does impact the life expectancy of a paraplegic. If the damage is quite bad, then yes, there is a chance paraplegics or quadriplegics can die prematurely. Additionally, life tends to be more difficult as a paraplegic/quadriplegic.
What does this mean for life insurance companies?
Basically, while paraplegia or quadriplegia may not be the direct cause of death, it could result in it. For example, lack of mobility can increase the chance of accidental death. Depression may cause premature death as well.
Will you be able to qualify for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy?
Yes, in many instances both paraplegics and quadriplegics can qualify for both term and whole life insurance, it’s just going to be really tough and you need to know “which” companies are going to give you the greatest opportunity for success.
Getting a Great Rate.
Unfortunately, regardless of whether you have paraplegia or quadriplegia you’re not going to be able to qualify for Preferred Plus, Preferred or even Standard rated life insurance.
What Rate Will You Get?
The rate a person will depend on many factors in addition to which “type” of “-plegia” that you have.
With paraplegia will get depends on two major things:
- Current Condition
Of course, other factors will go into determining their rate, such as other health issues and lifestyle choices, but if those are pretty normal, then it’s these two things that matter.
People Under 60.
If you are under sixty years old, then you will get Table D-H.
Please Note: It is very difficult to get a Table D rate as a paraplegic. In fact, the majority of people who do qualify will get a Table H.
If your health is exceptionally good considering the circumstances and you have no other issues, then you may get Table D, E, F, or G.
People Over 60.
Just like people under sixty, your rates will fall in Table D-H. The reason we have separated these two categories is because while it’s difficult to get better than a Table H under 60, it’s important to emphasize that over the age of sixty, it is near impossible to get anything above a Table H.
When it to applying for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy with quadriplegia, what you’re generally going to find is that the “best” case scenario will be that you qualify for a Table I-J however most individuals will most likely be denied.
As we said…
Qualifying for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy will be tough. But that does not mean that we here at TermLife2Go won’t give it a try!
Another possible option…
For those that do get denied traditional coverage is to take a look at a guaranteed issue life insurance policy. These “types” of life insurance policies are “automatic” assuming that you are a US citizen, meet the age requirement and live in a state where they are offered.
Finding the Best Life Insurance Company.
Since you’re trying to get the best possible rate, it’s important to note that not all life insurance companies handle paraplegia or quadriplegia in the same way. Likewise, they don’t even handle simple things like weight or slightly high blood pressure the same.
If you want to have the best chance at getting a rate higher than a Table H, you’re going to have to call an expert.
TermLife2Go is here!
We will look at all your potential risk factors, big and small, and determine which life insurance company is right for you – the company which will give you the best rate possible. It’s not possible for us to simply tell you who that will be in an article post because we need to know about your specific situation in order to tell you the right life insurance company.
We always customize our life insurance recommendations. This means that if two paraplegics turn to us for life insurance advice, there’s a chance we could recommend two different life insurance companies.
So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today or visit our Life Insurance Quotes page and see what we can do for you!