An AD&D benefit* in travel insurance is a benefit that provides coverage in the event of your accidental demise or dismemberment while travelling abroad. But what circumstances are covered? What scenarios are not allowed?

What exactly is AD&D in travel medical insurance?

In the unfortunate event that you experience a loss of life, limb, or sight due to an accident while traveling abroad, your travel health insurance’s accidental demise and dismemberment (AD&D) benefit can provide financial compensation to you or your designated beneficiary. However, it’s important to note that certain restrictions may apply, which we will delve into in more detail later.

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What does AD&D include?

AD&D insurance covers situations where an accident results in your immediate demise or dismemberment or where an accident results in a covered injury that leads to your demise or dismemberment later. A car accident, a boating accident, or a fall injury are all situations where you may get covered by AD&D benefit.

Most AD&D advantages –

In the event of your death resulting from a covered accident or injury, your designated beneficiary can receive the full amount specified in your policy documents. If you become dismembered in a covered accident, losing one limb or sight in one eye, you may be eligible to receive a partial amount, typically 50% of the total. However, if you lose two or more limbs or sight in both eyes, you may be eligible to receive the full amount.

Only if the following conditions are met will your beneficiary be eligible to receive AD&D benefit:

What is covered by travel insurance

  • You pass away within 30 to 90 days of the initial accident that caused your fatal injuries
  • Illness or disease does not cause your demise.
  • This benefit typically does not cover accidents that happen while you are a paying passenger on a commercial airline or cruise line. However, there may be a separate benefit for common carrier accidents, which we will discuss later.
  • Your policy’s exclusions list specific situations or conditions that are not covered, and it is important to note that the accident leading to your death was not caused by any of these excluded situations or conditions.
  • Accidental demise and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage is standard in travel health insurance The benefit and coverage limits can be found on the description of coverage (DOC) for any procedure you’re considering. It is also available on the policy’s main webpage.

What is a coverage description (DOC)?

The description of coverage is a document describing an insurance plan’s full benefits, exclusions, and claims process. You can also email the travel insurance company and request a DOC.

Important definitions you should be aware of

  1. Accidental demise:

This is when an external force causes a unexpected, unintentional and sudden occurrence that results in your demise. Remember that demise if happened, must be within certain days of your injury. (This period is 30 days for atlas travel.) Illness or disease may not have played a role in your demise.

  1. Accidental dismemberment:

This is a situation in which external factors cause a unexpected, unintentional, and sudden occurrence that results in either:

  1. Limb loss:

This refers to the complete amputation of your arm from your body at or above your wrist.

  1. Eye loss:

This is a complete and permanent loss of sight.

Pro tip:

For any policy you’re considering, consult the DOC to see its specific and comprehensive benefits.

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