Why Mariners Need Disability Insurance
Disability Insurance for Merchant Mariners
Consider these facts:
- Three in 10 workers entering the work force today will become disabled before retiring.
- One in 7 workers can expect to be disabled for five years or more before retirement.
- Over 30 million disabled Americans between ages 21 and 64.
- Over 51 million Americans – 18% of the population – are classified as disabled.
- A disabling injury occurs every 1 second, a fatal injury occurs every 4 minutes.
Risk of Disability is Substantially Greater Than Risk Of Death
- Age 30, long-term disability is 3.5 times more likely than death.
- Age 40, long-term disability is 3.2 times more likely than death.
- Age 50, long-term disability is 2.4 times more likely than death..
The statistics are higher for mariners because no other occupation except fire fighters requires a higher level of physical fitness and only mariners are subject to the “Perils of the Sea”. Any doubts on this, take few hours to read Coast Guard NVIC 04-08 – a 75 page booklet which provides guidelines to physicians who are assessing your Fitness for Duty. Here are excerpts:
“For purposes of this NVIC, a medical condition is considered to cause “significant functional impairment” if it impairs the ability of the applicant to fully perform all of the physical abilities listed in this enclosure, or if it otherwise interferes with the ability of the applicant to fully perform the duties and responsibilities of the requested credential.”
“Service on vessels may be arduous and impose unique physical and medical demands on mariners.
The public safety risks associated with the medical and physical conditions of mariners on vessels are important considerations for the safe operation of vessels. In the event of an emergency, immediate response may be limited to the vessel’s crew, and outside help may be delayed. Mariners must be medically and physically fit to perform their duties not only on a routine basis but also in an emergency.”
Have You Considered That a Medical Condition Could Red Flag Your Credential Application?
Here is what the National Maritime Center, (NMC) has to say about this:
“There are medical conditions that can delay your application for credentials or cause the application to be denied. If you have one of these conditions please take a copy of the recommended evaluation guideline to your Doctor so they may address the issue:.”
Here are the top 5 Medical Conditions That May Delay or Deny Your Application
- Cardiac disease
- Psychriatic disorders
- Sleep apnea
- Chronic use of narcotic or benzodiazepine medication
What Should a Mariner do? Consider Disability Insurance
Disability insurance helps replace a major portion of your income when you are sick or injured and unable to work. Having disability insurance can provide a sense of security, knowing that if the unexpected should happen, you’ll still receive a monthly income.