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Specialist insurance is there if your needs are a little more complex
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If you’ve a hazardous occupation, or you or someone at home has specific health challenges, specialist insurance means you can still access cover and protect the life you love.

What makes me ‘special’?

All of us are different and maybe your needs are a little more specialised than the next person’s. That’s not a problem.

Whether you have health challenges or work a job that’s rife with risk, LifeSearch work with specialist insurers so you can explore cover without compromise.

Why LifeSearch?

Since 1998 we’ve protected over three quarters of a million UK families and over 1.5 million individuals. Our in-house Special Risk Team are dedicated to finding fair life insurance cover for people and families who have additional needs, or are in more complex situations.

As an independent intermediary our loyalty is to you - not the insurer. We’re here to help you cover yourself and the people you love in the right way, with the right policy, at the right price.

I have a health condition - can I get covered?

There’s no blanket yes you can or no you can’t answer to this question. It depends on several things, primarily:

  • Your condition
  • How well managed it is
  • Your age
  • Your general health
  • Your general lifestyle

Guaranteed acceptance life cover

This is useful option for those who have struggled or will struggle to access standard life insurance cover due to a significant health situation.

A challenging health condition can be a blocker in landing standard life insurance, but guaranteed acceptance asks no medical questions and, as per the name, cover is guaranteed.

There will be caveats though, such as a lower maximum amount you can get cover for, and higher monthly premiums compared to a standard life insurance policy.

Are premiums always higher for customers with health conditions?

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Not always. If you have mild asthma, for example, but it’s well-managed and you’re otherwise fit and healthy, you could land life insurance cover at the same price as a non-asthmatic.

If you’ve a chronic heart condition and keep poor general health, finding a policy may be more challenging and your premium may be higher than the average to reflect the additional cover you require. Some situations may mean cover isn’t possible and lead to a decline but there may be other cover options available.

Does specialist insurance cost more?

If you’re in a complex situation, life insurance can be difficult to find and / or expensive unless you know the right insurers to approach.

Does it cost more? Sometimes. But then life insurance costs can cost more or less than average because they always reflect the lifestyle, needs and circumstances of every unique individual.

I have a hazardous job – can I get covered?

Armed forces, police, divers, pilots, roofers, miners, scaffolders, even taxi drivers can be considered as having hazardous jobs, but cover may still be possible.

If your occupation exposes you to more risk than the norm, landing life insurance can be difficult and / or expensive if you don’t approach the right insurer.

Helpful-to-know life insurance words

Standard terms means a policy is offered with no price increase.

Special terms means there is a price increase to reflect additional risk(s).

Any life insurance applicant is assessed for the risk (of sickness or death) they pose to the insurer. A heathy young person with no health conditions who works an office job poses, in the insurer’s mind, very little risk. Someone with a chronic health condition or who works a dangerous job poses a greater risk.

A premium rating (AKA loading/ loaded premium) is when your life insurance premium increases in cost to reflect the level of cover you need to sufficiently protect your health situation and/ or circumstances.

Exclusions are when a policy specifically lists a hobby, occupation or medical condition, that it does not cover. For example, a customer who likes to skydive might have injuries or death relating to skydiving excluded from their cover. This could mean that if they die or suffer a life-limiting injury in a skydiving accident the policy won’t pay. A standard exclusion on most policies also includes suicide within the first 12 months.

Do insurers want to cover people like me?

In a word, yes. Every year life insurers are challenged by the industry’s governing bodies to increase coverage across the board, especially for individuals and families who have previously been excluded or rejected, or who have otherwise complex needs.

Do insurers pay out in complex cases?

There’s a myth out there that life insurers look for any excuse not to pay out. But it’s just that – a myth.

The complex part of a complex case is getting cover in the first place. You may have to go to a specialist, and you may have to pay more to protect yourself.

But once it is agreed upon and signed, it is the same as any other policy. It’s a contract between two parties and both sides have obligations within that contract.

Life insurers paid out in 98% of cases in 2021, according to the Association of British Insurers. In those few cases when claims weren’t actioned, the primary reason was that the policyholder withheld, deliberately or accidentally, crucial details about their health situation or they didn’t meet the definitions set out in the terms of the policy.

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