Income protection is probably one of the least used insurance types available in the market to date. It is also one of the cheapest, because it often has a low risk potential for the insurance company. Most insurers will only ever pay out on an income protection when you have legitimately lost your job for unjustifiable reasons made by the company you are working for. You can’t claim on the policy if you voluntarily resign and you certainly can’t claim if you are deliberately fired for misconduct in the work place.

The only time you can claim is when you have been let go by a company as part a group retrenchment where the company is cutting back on staff, or the whole company goes under and there is little left for you to do by seek employment elsewhere. During the time it takes to get a new job after you are forced to leave, you will need to make sure that you have money coming in from somewhere or you will need to rely on your savings if you have anything available in there.

Income protection policies are designed to do exactly that, with the right amount of money selected at the inception of your policy, you can select cover for a specific amount and a specific period after you are retrenched. That means you get to choose exactly how much money you receive, bearing in mind that most insurance companies will only ever pay you up to a maximum of 75% of your total income, while you were earning it. You also have to bear in mind that the longer period of cover, also referred to as the indemnity period, the more expensive it gets to cover you for that amount of time.

There are other instances when you can obtain cover for a loss of income, but you usually have to extend the cover to make sure that you are insured for those events. Some insurance companies will automatically include the cover free of charge, and others will charge you extra for it. You can insure for loss of income during a serious illness or if you become paralysed or disabled in some way and you cannot work because of the sickness or the disability.

It is important to check and see exactly what you are covered for, and what you need to include if you need specific cover. Sites like offer you all the information you need to get a better understanding of all this and get the quotes you need to get covered.

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The author of this article, Jaxon Kelly, is a full-time author on the subject of Insurance firms like, he has a particular interest in insurance quotes online.