Legal & General’s rehabilitation and early intervention services helped 18% of UK employees covered by group income protection (GIP) who were absent from work due to illness back into the workplace during their deferred period.
Overall, the insurer was able to help 631 employees return to work within the deferred period last year.
A further 269 employees were able to return to work outside the deferred period with the support of the insurer’s early intervention services.
The figures also reveal Legal & General paid a total of £292m in group protection claims in 2018.
Mental health issues continued to be the main reason for new GIP claims in 2018, accounting for 25% of claims. They have been the top cause of claims on Legal & General’s GIP policies since 1999.
In 2018, the insurer facilitated almost 3,200 sessions for claimants suffering from physical and mental health conditions to its physiotherapy and psychological healthcare provider partners.
Vanessa Sallows, claims and governance director at Legal & General’s Group Protection, said supporting an employee at an early stage can be the difference between people being able stay in work and managing their health challenges and taking an extended period off that could stretch into months, or even years.
“So, it’s great to see so many people taking advantage of our flexible service, with nearly 3,200 treatment sessions being fulfilled through our partners,” she added.