Recurrent Disability

Published: | Updated: February 4, 2018

Definition - What does Recurrent Disability mean?

A recurrent disability is a disability that results from the same cause as a prior disability, or from a related cause. If an insured suffers a relapse within six months of returning to work, this second disability is considered a continuation of the initial disability for insurance purposes.

Insuranceopedia explains Recurrent Disability

Some disability insurance policies contain recurrent disability clauses. This clause stipulates that a worker can skip the mandatory elimination period if they experience the same or a related disability within six months of returning to work after a medical leave due to a prior disability.

Recurrent disability clauses allows the insured to continue receiving their original disability benefits without a break in their payments. This, moreover, encourages employees to return to work following a medical leave without fear of losing coverage if the condition returns.


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