Accidental Death, Dismemberment and Specific Loss (AD&D) Insurance

If you suffer one of the losses listed below as the result of an accident which occurs while you are insured, you will be paid the factor or portion of the Principal Sum shown opposite the loss in the table below. The loss must occur no later than 365 days after the accident. For loss of use, the loss must be continuous for 365 days. If you suffer multiple losses to the same limb as the result of the same accident, only the loss providing the highest amount payable will be paid.

If you die as a result of an accident, Great-West Life will pay the Principal Sum to your named beneficiary. If you have not named a beneficiary or there is no surviving beneficiary at the time of your death, payment will be made to your estate. Your employer will explain the claim requirements to your beneficiary.

The Principal Sum is the maximum amount that will be paid for all injuries resulting from the same accident. For paraplegia, hemiplegia, and quadriplegia, the maximum amount that will be paid for all injuries resulting from the same accident is two times the Principal Sum.

Loss Amount Payable
Life Principal Sum
Both hands or both feet Principal Sum
Sight of both eyes Principal Sum
One hand and one foot Principal Sum
One hand and sight of one eye Principal Sum
One foot and sight of one eye Principal Sum
Speech and Hearing in both ears Principal Sum
One arm or one leg 3/4 Principal Sum
One hand or one foot or sight of one eye 1/2 Principal Sum
Speech 1/2 Principal Sum
Hearing in both ears 1/2 Principal Sum
Thumb and index finger or at least 4 fingers of one hand 1/4 Principal Sum
All toes of one foot 1/8 Principal Sum
Loss of Use
Both arms and both legs (quadriplegia) 2 X Principal Sum
Both legs (paraplegia) 2 X Principal Sum
One arm and one leg on the same side of the body (hemiplegia) 2 X Principal Sum
One arm and one leg on different sides of the body Principal Sum
Both arms or both hands Principal Sum
One hand and one leg Principal Sum
One leg or one arm 3/4 Principal Sum
One hand 1/2 Principal Sum

Surgical Reattachment
If you suffer the loss of a limb that is surgically reattached, Great-West Life will pay 50% of the amount that would have been payable if the loss had been permanent, regardless of the amount of use regained. The balance of the benefit will be payable if the reattachment fails and the reattached part is removed within one year after the reattachment was performed.

Repatriation
If you die as the result of an accident that is at least 150 kilometres away from your home, Great-West Life will pay up to $2,500 for the preparation and transportation of your body to the place of burial or cremation less any amounts paid under this plan's global medical assistance benefit.

Educational Benefit for Dependent Children
If benefits are payable under this benefit provision for your death, Great-West Life will pay the tuition fees for enrolling your dependent children as full-time students at a post-secondary institution. To qualify for an educational benefit, a dependent child must have been enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution at the time of the accident causing your death, or he must have been enrolled as a full-time student at the secondary school level at the time of the accident causing your death and enrols as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution within 365 days after the accident.

Great-West Life will pay up to 5% of the Principal Sum, or $5,000, whichever is less, for each year of full-time post-secondary school enrolment. Great-West Life will pay the educational benefit each year for a maximum of 4 consecutive years upon receipt of proof of full-time enrolment.

No benefits will be paid for tuition expenses incurred before the accident, or room or board or other ordinary living, travelling, or clothing expenses.

Family Transportation Benefit
If you are hospitalized more than 150 kilometres from your home as a result of an injury for which benefits are payable under this benefit provision, Great-West Life will pay the actual expense incurred less any amount paid for the same expenses under this plan’s global medical assistance benefit, up to $2,000, for transportation and lodging expenses for one family member to join you.

Benefits for lodging are limited to moderate quality accommodation for the area of hospitalization. Telephone expenses and taxicab and car rental charges are included. Meal expenses are not covered.

Transportation expenses are limited to round trip economy class transportation. If a private vehicle is used, expenses are limited to $.44 per kilometre travelled.

Occupational Training Benefit for Spouses
If benefits are payable under this benefit provision for your death, Great-West Life will pay for expenses associated with your spouse’s enrolment in an accredited occupational training program. The purpose of the training program must be to provide the spouse with at least the minimum qualifications required for employment in an occupation for which the spouse would not otherwise qualify.

Great-West Life will pay up to 10% of the Principal Sum, or $10,000, whichever is less.

No benefits will be paid for expenses incurred more than 3 years after the accident causing your death, or room or board or other ordinary living, travelling, or clothing expenses.

Educational Benefit for Plan Member
If benefits are payable under this benefit provision for an injury that requires the plan member to change occupations, Great-West Life will pay the tuition fees for enrolling you as a student at a post-secondary institution for training in a new occupation. To qualify for an educational benefit, you must enrol at a post-secondary institution within 365 days after the accident. Great-West Life will pay up to $10,000.

No benefits will be paid for tuition expenses incurred before the accident, expenses incurred more than 2 years after the accident causing the injury, or room or board or other ordinary living, travelling, or clothing expenses.

Wheelchair Benefit
If benefits are payable under this benefit provision for an injury that requires the use of a wheelchair for you to be ambulatory, Great-West Life will pay for alterations to your principal residence to make it wheelchair accessible and habitable, and modifications to a motor vehicle you use to make it accessible to and driveable by you.

Benefits for home alterations are payable only if the person or persons making the changes are experienced in home alterations for wheelchairs, and recommended by an organization recognized for providing support and assistance to wheelchair users.

Benefits for vehicle modifications are payable only if the person or persons making the changes are experienced in vehicle modification for wheelchairs, and the modifications are approved by the provincial vehicle licensing authority.

Great-West Life will pay the actual expense incurred less any amount paid for the same expenses under this plan’s healthcare benefit, up to $10,000 for all home and vehicle modifications combined.

No benefits will be paid for expenses incurred more than 365 days after the accident, or for subsequent alterations to your home or vehicle after an initial claim for benefits has been made under this wheelchair benefit provision.

Limitations
No benefits are paid for injury or death resulting from:

  • Intentionally self-inflicted injury or suicide
  • Viral or bacterial infections, except pyogenic infections occurring through the injury for which loss is being claimed
  • Any form of illness or physical or mental infirmity
  • Medical or surgical treatment, except surgical reattachment
  • War, insurrection or voluntary participation in a riot
  • Service in the armed forces of any country
  • Air travel serving as a crew member, or in aircraft owned, leased or rented by your employer, or air travel where the aircraft is not licensed or the pilot is not certified to operate the aircraft

How to Make a Claim

  • To claim benefits for yourself, ask your plan administrator for a claim form. Complete it and return it to your plan administrator.
  • If you die accidentally, your plan administrator will explain the claim requirements to your beneficiary.
  • Claims should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 15 months after the loss.