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LAST UPDATED: August 4th, 2023

Colonial Life began as an accidental death insurance company called Mutual Accident Company. The company officially became Colonial Life in 1939 and has continued to grow since.

Now part of the Unum Group, a Fortune 500 and publicly traded company (UNM), Colonial Life acts as an independent subsidiary, continuing with business as usual. 

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The Good

  • World Wide Coverage
  • Coverage Continuation
  • Payment Timeline

World Wide Coverage

Accident insurance claims can be made from anywhere in the world. This allows for stress-free travel without needing to worry about what could happen in a different country. Since claims are paid out in cash or direct deposit, paying for services not covered by health insurance is easy.

Coverage Continuation

Even when facilitated by an employer, the insured owns the accident policy. This means that in the event of a lay-off or switch of employers, the accident policy will still be in the name of the insured.

Colonial Life will ask for a Continuation of Coverage form to be filled out and direct payment to be established. Then accident coverage can continue seamlessly. 

Payment Timeline

Some customers have complained that the claims process is tedious and long and that the time it takes to receive the cash benefit is longer than expected.

This is a complaint from clients of most insurance companies. Some clients do state that they received timely payments, so it may depend on the type of claim or complexity of the case.


The Bad

  • Non Transparent
  • Difficult to Cancel
  • Claim Submission Difficulty

Non Transparent 

There is a lack of specific coverage information as well as pricing available on the website. Potential customers are instructed to speak with their employer regarding specifics on policies.

Difficult to Cancel 

There is no clear way to cancel an existing policy online; a call to a representative is required. The company may want to consider adding this feature to its website as many customers prefer the convenience of conducting business online.

Claim Submission Difficulty

Customers have complained that the paperwork required for a claim is lengthy, redundant and paperwork often gets lost in the shuffle. This is a common complaint in the insurance sector. Double checking all information before submission and calling to check up on claim are good ideas.


The Bottom Line

Colonial Life is an insurance company with a long history and as a part of the Unum Group the company is financially stable.

The payment options are convenient as well as the option to keep coverage even after switching employers. Pricing and coverage will have to be discussed with a company HR Rep or insurance agent who works with Colonial Life.

Overall, the company has lower than average customer complaints, and difficulty with claims is an issue seen throughout companies in the insurance industry.

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Gina Donofrio

Colonial Life is very easy to enroll. The Insurance policy is easy to read and understand. The Customer Service Department is friendly and professional. The quote is exactly what is charged with a promise to keep it from rising.

11 months ago


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Kort Kort Hopkinsville, KY

The experience with this company was pretty good. I had decided that I wanted to look into life insurance and this was one of the companies that popped up. I was able to locate someone to talk to you on the phone about my questions. She went above and beyond for me. I was not familiar with any of the benefits that they offer and what they all cover and all of that detailed information. But she took her time with me and explained everything thoroughly. She gave me great customer service! Something I did not enjoy was being transferred by six different people until I was able to get to the final person that I spoke with. It was frustrating because they didn’t want to help me. So all six of them just kept transferring me one after the next. Then I finally got someone that spent that hour with me going over everything in detail. That made all the difference for me.

2 years ago

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larry Fort Myers, FL

You don't get much for their $9.95 plan. To get a reasonable amount of insurance it is about on par with other companies

7 months ago

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Lisa Cato Lake City, FL

The prices of policies that are offered are great values. The customer service cannot be beat & the payout turnaround is exceptional. The claims paperwork is easy to manage and the website is a breeze to navigate.

1 year ago

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Robert Mott

This is a great company to work with and I'm glad I signed up. The rates are great and I get the coverage I need so I don't burden my family. I'm glad I joined.

1 year ago

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seanth57 Columbus, GA

Colonial life is filled with people who cares about people, the agents and customer service treated me with great care and respect during my claims filing.

2 years ago

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Mom of 4 New York Mills, MN

Love their benefits and feel comfort when things happened so quickly.

4 months ago

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MBA Dallas, TX

Great company. They do pay their claims. It’s a most in these times

6 months ago


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Leticia CA

This life insurance company makes it so easy and affordable for all ages to become a customer.

2 years ago