Survey: Most Workers Underestimate Chances, Impact of Disability

March 14, 2007

  • March 15, 2007 at 12:26 pm
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    The following two statements are the dumbest thing I\’ve heard all week.

    * The majority of workers (56 percent) didn\’t realize that their chances of becoming disabled had risen over the past five years.

    * Nine out of 10 (90 percent) workers underestimated their own chances of becoming disabled.

    How do they figure that increased disability rates equate to higher risk of becoming diabled?

    The increased \”disability\” rate is due to fraud, not increased risk. Looks like the Council for Disability Awareness needs to keep their eye on the ball.

    In this world of warning labels and padded walls, it\’s amazing any of us born before 1980 are even alive today. What with riding in pick-up truck beds, playing with lawn darts, and eating pop rocks while drinking a Coke.

    Please excuse me now, I have to go act like I\’m developing carpal tunnel.

  • April 1, 2007 at 12:12 pm
    Chris says:
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    Granted, stupid behavior causes a few disabilities. Accidents cause others. Certain heroes in our country, police, fire, rescue, and military, get disabled daily, others killed outright. The consequences can be magnified by poor behavior choices such as running up one\’s credit cards and not having savings. However, it also needs to be considered that a good many people don\’t get short or long term disability insurance at work. I am lucky I do, even though only the occasional cruise ship illness keeps me home and only for a day, disability can happen to anyone, especially as they get older, or heavier. A woman might become pregnant and have to go on bed rest. Pregnancies in some cases are caused during the commission of sexual assault. Disability is a fact of life and even if people are doing all they can to prepare for the unexpected, they need some help like private DI.

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