What is Personal Accident Insurance?

Personal Accident business insurance provides a financial benefit to a worker who is injured or killed at work, or their family. If one of your employees has an accident then a Personal Accident policy can provide a weekly or lump sum benefit which can help to replace lost wages, etc.

Personal Accident insurance is not required by law but it's a benefit that many companies choose to buy anyway, considering that HSE statistics estimate that over 650,000 workers are injured in Great Britain by their work each year. Below we explain what is covered and who needs Personal Accident insurance.

What is Covered by Personal Accident Business Insurance?

Personal accident insurance can provide financial support for people who are permanently or temporarily disabled to an accidental injury at work—e.g., to help support them when they can't work.

This benefit can be in the form of a weekly benefit (e.g., a weekly sum of money) in the case of a temporary disability or in the form of a lump sum payment for a permanent injury or loss of life.

  • A weekly benefit for temporary incapacitation (e.g., £250 a week)
  • A lump sum benefit for permanent injury or death (e.g., £40,000)

In addition there may be a provision to cover dental injuries and physio, rehab and counselling support to employees and/or their families.

Where did the injury take place?

A lot of business personal accident coverage only protects against accidents at work. However, there are business personal accident policies that cover a wide range of situations—for example a policy could cover any type of accidental injury to an employee, whether sustained at work, home or holiday. These can be referred to at 24/7 personal accident policies.

Is there cover for the business, too, or just the employee?

In addition to providing a monetary support benefit to an employee in the event of accidental injury, disability or death, some (but not all) policies include an element of protection for the business, as well—for example, helping pay for recruiting and hiring a replacement employee.

Is Personal Accident insurance tax deductible?

Unlike many other business insurance coverages (e.g., Public Liability or Employers' Liability insurance), Personal Accident insurance is not tax deductible because it provides a "benefit."

Other types of Personal Accident Insurance

It's not uncommon for someone to have multiple types of Personal Accident insurance covering different aspects of their life. For example, they could have personal accident cover through their car insurance to cover a permanent disability resulting from a road traffic accident. Personal accident coverage can often be found in one form or another on the following types of insurance (sometimes for an extra premium):

  • Business insurance
  • Car insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Pet insurance

Do I Need Personal Accident Insurance?

Personal Accident insurance it a popular type of business cover and just because it's not required by law doesn't mean you don't need it. For example, consider the scenario where one of your employees is unable to work and earn money—would they struggle financially? If so, then personal accident insurance can provide supporting funds to run a household if you or an employee is injured in an accident at work and unable to earn money.

Common Exclusions

There are many exclusions to Personal Accident insurance that you should be aware of—these will vary from policy to policy, but there are some common exclusions that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Existing employees only: Employees would only be covered if they were employed by you when the accident occurred.
  • Very short-term disabilities: There's usually a minimum absence period on a policy. If an employee is temporarily disabled for less time than this period, there will be no cover.
  • Compassionate leave periods lasting more than two weeks.
  • Geography: Cover is usually not extended to include certain "risky" areas of the world (e.g., war-torn countries)
  • Pre-existing conditions may not be covered.
  • Age: There is typically no cover for employees outside of a certain age band (e.g., 16 years to 70 years)

How Much is Business Personal Accident Insurance?

The cost of personal accident business insurance depends on the number of people being covered, and it usually gets cheaper per person the more people you cover. Personal accident insurance for one person can cost around £80, while insuring 10 employees usually costs in the range of £450 to £650 (£45 to £65 per person). Your line of work can also impact the cost of personal accident insurance, as can other factors.

FAQs

Personal accident insurance provides a financial benefit (e.g., a weekly payment or a lump sum amount) if someone has an accident that results in a serious injury or death. The payout is meant to protect against lost wages, pay for household bills, etc.

Group personal accident insurance provides personal accident cover to a group of your employees under the same policy, so that each person does not need their own individual policy. Personal accident insurance will then reimburse for accidents that lead to temporary (e.g., a broken bone) or permanent disabilities (e.g., loss of an eye or limb) or even death.

It depends. If you only have Personal Accident coverage for some of your employees then you will need to name them on the policy. However, if you have cover for all employees, then you may only need to stipulate the number of employees you have. For example, a policy could cover up to 2 directors and 10 employees.

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