How will a collapsed lung affect a life insurance application?
We were approached by Mr D, a 44-year-old non-smoker.
He was in the process of buying a new home, and his mortgage adviser had struggled to obtain life insurance for him due to his medical history.
A number of years previously, Mr D had suffered a Spontaneous Pneumothorax or (collapsed lung), which is more likely to affect men than women and is more likely to happen in tall, thin people.
You’re more likely to have a pneumothorax if you:
- have an existing lung condition
- have had a pneumothorax in the past
Ref: British Lung Foundation October 2019
Although Mr D made a full recovery, it was discovered that the underlying cause was Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ). COPD describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs due to the airways becoming narrowed. This was thought to have been the cause in Mr D’s case as he had been a cannabis smoker when he was younger.
Our process and advice
We felt that we could use our wealth of insurance and
medical underwriting knowledge to help Mr D obtain the cover he needed.
Once we had a good understanding of his situation, requirements and medical history we started our research process.
This involves us contacting many, and in some cases all, of the UK’s leading insurers to discuss our client’s requirements. The purpose of this is to establish how they might treat his application and his condition of having a collapsed lung.
We contacted various insurance providers and most of them felt that the combination of medical conditions and cannabis use would cause either the premium to be heavily increased or life insurance to be declined completely.
We found one insurance company which was willing to offer life insurance on standard rates. This meant that Mr D would pay the initial quoted premium without an additional amount added on top to reflect any additional risk for the insurer.
We completed the medical questionnaire with Mr D over the telephone and the life insurance policy was ready to start within 20 minutes; in plenty of time for the new mortgage to start!
Furthermore, Mr D was extremely pleased to obtain the life insurance well within his budget. The policy offered decreasing term life or earlier terminal illness cover with an initial sum assured of £60,000, over a 25-year term for a monthly premium of £10.07.
Please note that any premiums mentioned are indicative only and based on this specific case study/ example, which is shown for information purposes only. Your own circumstances will determine whether the amount payable is more or less than the figure quoted.
Client ref: 147914085
Whilst you are welcome to get a quote online, we would recommend you speak to one of our advisers.
Any quote that your adviser provides you with will take into account your circumstances and medical history, as well as your budget!
An online quote is just that – a quote – it isn’t a definite offer of cover. What really matters is the premium you are offered, after your application has been assessed.
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