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27 August 2015

Court Awards French Woman Disability Allowance of 29,000 Euros for 'Sensitivity to Gadgets'

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Court awards French woman disability allowance of €29,000 for 'sensitivity to gadgets'
rt.com, 27 August 2015

A French court has awarded a monthly disability grant of some €800 to a woman claiming to have an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets such as cellphones. Most countries, including France, do not recognize the condition as a medical disorder.

Marine Richard, a 39-year-old former radio documentary producer, hailed the unprecedented ruling as a "breakthrough" for people affected by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), AFP reported.

While the sufferers insist that exposure to mobile phones, computers, Wi-Fi routers, TVs and other widely used gadgets cause them headaches, fatigue, insomnia and palpitations, the World Health Organization lists EHS as a condition but argues there's "no scientific basis" to link the symptoms to electromagnetic exposure. Double-blind studies, where neither the patient nor the researcher was aware whether they had been exposed to electromagnetic waves, have shown that symptoms were not correlated with electromagnetic field exposure. Many experts have ascribed the condition to a phobia.

The problems associated with EHS recently came to wider attention after the condition was featured in the American TV drama series “Better Call Saul,” in which a previously successful lawyer shuns all contact with electromagnetic gadgets.

Nonetheless, after a medical examination, a court in the southern French city of Toulouse recognized that Richard suffers from hypersensitivity syndrome to electromagnetic waves, whose "description of the clinical signs is irrefutable," French daily Le Nouvel Observateur said. Since 2010, she has been living in a barn in southwest France, managing without electricity, and drinking water from the well. The court estimated the woman's functional disability to be 85 percent "with substantial and lasting restrictions on access to employment."

The court ruled that Richard can claim a disability allowance for a period of three years. The ruling accepted that her symptoms prevented Richard from working, but stopped short of recognizing EHS as an illness.

https://www.rt.com/news/313579-woman-disability-gadget-allergy/

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