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Six Scenarios Where Buying Insurance Is A Must

18 December 2013 No Comment

Six Scenarios Where Buying Insurance Is A MustThere are some seven billion people on the planet, and it’s safe to say that for each of them, life represents something different. One thing, though, is universally certain: Life is unpredictable. While the vagaries of existence usually don’t veer into emergency territory, there are those times when they do. When that happens, the gambler who skated by without ever giving a thought to insurance may find himself or herself very sad indeed. The following scenarios represent just six of the many situations for which insurance is an absolute necessity.


Nobody likes thinking about their own mortality. Sure, it might inspire some folks to great heights of creativity or world-altering action, but for the vast majority, all it does is make them anxious. Still, death is a part of life, and ignoring that fact is foolish. Leaving one’s survivors behind with a load of debt for no reason is not only foolish, it’s cruel. To that end, the necessity of a comprehensive life insurance policy cannot be overstated. Individual policies differ widely in what they cover, the cost of their associated premiums, the duration of coverage (“term” and “whole life” are the most popular and best known options), so those who would be insured should contact a lawyer, insurance agent, or similar professional to help them negotiate the often labyrinthine process of getting covered.


Are you looking to study abroad? Perhaps you’re the sort of person who’s always looking for a new horizon, bored with the sedentary lifestyle. Maybe your job just requires frequent travel. Whatever the case, a good travel insurance policy is a must-have for anyone whose life involves even infrequent moves. Good policies like those from Travel Guard will usually cover a wide variety of travel related costs, including some you may have overlooked. Covered expenses include protection against unscheduled interruptions or early returns from a trip, reimbursement in the event your luggage is lost, stolen, or damaged/destroyed, certain medical expenses and / or emergency evacuation, and so on. As with any type of insurance, coverage levels and premiums will vary. Nevertheless, travel, especially long-term travel to far off lands, shouldn’t be undertaken without it. It’s one of those things that seem like an annoyance until you get typhoid or find yourself in the middle of a hurricane.


This one’s simple: Do you like the fruits of your labor? Your clothes, your electronics, and even the very apartment you live in? What happens, do you think, if you’re robbed, or your apartment catches fire or floods, or some similar catastrophe befalls you? There are two possible answers to this question: The first is that you’re uninsured, and thus out of luck (and potentially out of money as a result of the aforementioned misfortune). The second, much happier option, is that your prudent investment in rental insurance saves you thousands of dollars and many sleepless nights, giving you the knowledge that whatever happens, you’re covered. Again, all insurance is different, rental insurance included. Choose carefully.


The amount of people who go about their lives with little or no health insurance (to include medical, dental, and so forth), is simply staggering. It’s also quite sad, because a health complication can pop up at any time, and whether it’s just braces for the kids or a life-threatening complication like cancer, the bills can often represent an outlay of many thousands of dollars. Bankruptcies as a result of insurmountable medical expenses are not unheard of. While insurance and healthcare costs are politically charged issues, the fact remains that it is the height of folly to go on without it. Beyond those truly unfortunate few who are truly unable to afford even the most basic of coverage, it is imperative that everyone get covered ASAP. The life you save may be your own.


Again, auto insurance is a no-brainer. In addition to the fact that auto insurance will protect you should you find yourself in an accident or stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere (Triple A is great for this!), it is worth pointing out that the vast majority of jurisdictions won’t even let you drive without auto insurance!


Do you work in a construction setting, or own your own contracting firm? Then this is the policy type for you. Worthwhile policies will cover general liability like accidents, damage, loss, or theft of tools and equipment, workers’ compensation claims and benefits, workflow problems (unforeseen delays and such), and so on. Once more, given the wide variation in policy types, coverage levels, price, and so forth, it is necessary to understand and thoroughly examine every available policy to find the one that best fits your needs.


Are there times in one’s life that insurance is less necessary than others? Sure. Still, what’s the point in playing roulette when you don’t need to? Insurance is one of those things that you never need until you do, and when that time comes, the chances are good that you’ll really need it. With that in mind, get covered – you’ll thank yourself later. After all, it’s like they say: Better safe than sorry!

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