How will having Bell’s Palsy affect protection insurance?
When a client has a pre-existing condition or has suffered a serious illness in the past, the first thing we do is pick up the phone and speak to underwriters at many of the UK’s leading insurance companies. Discussing all of our client’s medical history helps us to identify the best company to apply to and avoids wasting time applying to companies who may be too expensive or worse, decline an application. By completing our research thoroughly, we are able to shorten our research process and obtain the best possible terms for our clients.
What is Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy is a temporary weakness or lack of movement affecting one side of the face. Most people make a full recovery within 9 months, but it can take longer.
In a small number of cases, facial weakness can be permanent. Bell’s palsy can not be prevented, because it’s probably caused by an infection. It may be linked to the herpes virus. NHS Choices 1 August 2017
How do Underwriters view Bell’s Palsy?
Each insurer has its own view of Bell’s Palsy.
We can search the market for you, to determine the most accommodating insurer for your medical condition, both in terms of the underwriting process and final outcome.
Questions we would ask you might be:
- How many episodes?
- When were your first symptoms?
- Are you awaiting results?
- Has diagnosis been confirmed?
- Have you made a full recovery?
- Is there still any weakness?
What can I expect?
The underwriting outcomes for people who have experienced Bell’s Palsy could range from:
A small increase in the monthly premium where someone has had more than one episode.
If a diagnosis hasn’t yet confirmed by a GP or if any tests are still ongoing, an application would be postponed until the diagnosis is made.
Or, the best-case outcome would be standard rates where the premium would remain the same as the initial quoted premium.
Please note that the above outcomes are for guidance only and individual outcomes will vary based on a client’s entire health history.
Getting expert advice is essential
We have a wealth of insurance knowledge. Once we have a good understanding of your requirements we will start the research process.
This involves us contacting many, and in some cases all, of the UK’s leading insurers to discuss your requirements. The purpose of this is to establish how they might treat an application.
Will they add a ‘loading’ to the premium (this is an additional amount on top of the standard monthly premium to reflect their additional risk)?
Would an insurer exclude certain conditions or activities?
Will they decline an application? We want to avoid wasting your time and ours by making applications which might be declined.
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