How to Apply for Short Term Disability

Understanding how to apply for short term disability insurance is a good idea before you become sick or disabled. In fact, there is a strong chance that you will need to apply for this insurance at some point in your career, as 33% of American workers become disabled before retirement. If you are not sick or injured but interested in family planning, short term disability can provide an important financial contribution to your income during maternity leave or an illness.

A Quick Overview On Short Term Disability
Short term disability is a type of insurance that provides monetary benefits if you become unable to work due to accident, injury or illness. Short term disability pays a percentage of your working salary. Short term disability does not include bonuses. On average and dependent upon your policy, it pays a percentage of between 50% to 66% of your salary. Short term disability can last up to 52 weeks, depending on your state of residence. For many people, short term disability cuts off at three months.

Short term disability is often referred to as sick leave. It is not always used in the event of your own illness or injury. It can also include the illnesses or injuries of your immediate family members.

Applying For Short Term Disability
Applying for short term disability can be a time-consuming and laborious process, exacerbated by the disability itself. The first step in the process is to contact your human resources department. You will need to notify them of your intent. Companies have different requirements before you can receive your benefits. Some require that you use all of your sick days first before applying for short term disability. Most jobs also require that you be employed for a set amount of time before you are eligible for short term disability.

After you notify your employer and human resources department, you will most likely need to complete paperwork. A doctor will need to verify that you or your family member's disability is valid, and the doctor will be required to determine a set amount of time that you will be unable to work. After the doctor has completed this paperwork, you will need to deliver it to the human resources department. In turn, the human resources department will then send your application to the insurance company that provides short term disability benefits. Depending on your policy, you should begin receiving benefits within two weeks.

Whenever you start a new job, it is worth reading your human resources manual and asking questions about the process. If you know how to apply for short term disability before you need it, you can help the process run more smoothly.

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