May 20, 2019
How many Protection claims were paid by Legal & General in 2018?

How many Protection claims were paid by Legal & General in 2018?

Legal and General paid 97% of life claims, 93% of critical illness claims and 95% of income protection claims in 2018.

The FTSE 100 insurer recently announced how much it paid out on individual protection claims in 2018. Over £638m was paid across its life, critical illness cover, terminal illness cover and income protection insurance products in 2018, the equivalent of £1.7m every day.

Life claims

  • Legal & General paid 97% of all life claims in 2018, which equates to £332.7m across 10,046 claims
  • The three main claim conditions were cancer (38%), cardiovascular disease (18%) and pneumonia (7%)
  • The average customer payout was £34,279
  • Legal & General paid out £107.3m terminal illness (TIC) claims in 2018
  • 97% of all TIC claims were paid
  • The majority of TIC claims were caused by a cancer diagnosis (93%)
  • The average TIC payout was £107,901

Critical illness claims

  • 93% of critical illness (CIC) claims, were paid out in 2018 – the equivalent of eight claims a day
  • The insurer paid a total of £195.2m across 3,041 CIC claims
  • The most common conditions were cancer (65%), heart attacks (13%) and strokes (6%)
  • The average payout was £63,477
  • The insurer also paid out for 96% of all child CIC claims, with an average payout of £17,838
  • The biggest causes of claim for child CIC was cancer (59%), benign brain tumours (11%) and child funeral benefit (7%)

Income protection claims

  • 95% of all income protection (IP) claims were paid in 2018
  • This equates to a total amount of £1.15m
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (36%) were the leading cause of claims, followed by mental health (20%) and cancer (15%)

Financial support

Stephen Griffiths, Managing director, UK protection at Legal & General said:

“Whether it’s helping customers to keep their family financially secure after the death of a loved one, or assisting someone with a long-term illness to meet their mortgage repayments. These figures prove the vital impact this type of insurance can have on peoples’ lives. Managing a cancer diagnosis or overcoming the death of someone close is already hard enough. Without the added worry about financial security or keeping up with day-to-day costs.”

Source: Cover Magazine May 2019

Click here to read more about the insurance industry paying out more than £5.3bn in protection claims in 2018.  This link goes off-site to the Association of British Insurers and Group Risk Development.

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