Life insurer provides financial support to 9,499 individual lives last year
Scottish Widows paid 99.3% life claims and 94.1% critical illness claims during 2018 - 7,908 and 1,591 claims respectively.
This was an increase on the 7,469 life claims (98.99%) and 1,769 paid for CI (93.06%) last year.
More than £208m was paid out in total - an average of over £4m per week - in 2018.
The total amount paid in life claims was just under £136m, with £10.9m paid in terminal illness claims.
According to Scottish Widows, 52% of all claims for women were as a result of death from cancer, compared to 44% of men. Heart-related claims accounted for 22% of cases for men, compared to 12% of cases for women.
The average life claim paid was £43,221 and the highest individual claim was over £1,2m.
The total amount paid for critical illness claims was £72.5m, with cancer as the main reason for women making a claim at 73% of all cases, followed by multiple sclerosis (6%), stroke and heart attack (both 5%).
For men, 51% of claims were for cancer, with the second most common cause being heart attacks at 20%.
The average critical illness claim paid was £45,593 and the highest individual claim was just under £622,000.
Scott Cadger, head of protection underwriting and claims strategy at Scottish Widows said: "We are proud of not only the claims we've paid but the difference we make to the lives of our customers every day. Providing security to families at some of the most challenging times of their lives is the most important part of our jobs.
"These results are testament to our continued support of customers and the financial safety net we as insurers provide, helping families at such a difficult time in their lives. It may surprise people that the majority of claims are paid out and I hope these figures help to dispel the myth that insurers don't pay out when customers need them most."
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