• 24-AUG-2015

  • SOURCE: Zurich

Europeans underestimate personal disability risk

Zurich headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland
Most Western Europeans underestimate their personal risk of becoming unable to work, according to a survey by Zurich in six European countries. Respondents generally tend to overestimate an accident as a leading cause of disability. But at the same time, they are unaware that the probability to become work-disabled during one's working lifetime – whether due to an accident, or other causes – may be as high as 25 percent. Seven in 10 respondents believe that they would have significantly less household income if they became disabled. Yet they say that they would need at least the equivalent or more to maintain their current lifestyle.