Spanje: High-Court sides with EHS Telecom Engineer in disability case
vrijdag, 05 augustus 2016 - Categorie: Juridische Informatie
2 aug 2016
(From google-translate): A telecommunications engineer who worked at Ericsson and suffers electrohypersensitivty, a neurological syndrome that is triggered when exposed to computers, wifis, mobile phones and spaces in general with high electrical and electromagnetic activity, has gained the recognition from the High Court of Madrid that he can not continue to exercise his profession without becoming ill and therefore is entitled to a disability benefit. The National Institute of Social Security (INSS) denied him two years ago, citing the difficulty in proving the existence of this syndrome.
''This is the first time we have achieved total disability due exclusively to this syndrome,'' says attorney Jaume CortÃƒÂ©s, the Col-lectiu Ronda. The INSS considered it impossible to determine the resulting functional limitations of this syndrome, electrosensitivity, based on reports from the World Health Organization on ''the heterogeneity and vagueness of its symptoms.''
''Using a mobile phone caused me tinnitus and headache in less than a minute. But besides that, the ear flushed from mobile exposure, I could barely sleep, I turned aggressive and to even cause accidents, was sunk and my brain function was getting slower. I came to forget the name of lifelong friends. All this together increased depression, anxiety...'' explains Ricardo de Francisco, telecommunications engineer 47 for whom all wireless exposure leads to large and increasingly diverse suffering. At first he thought it was a mental health problem, but experts dismissed it. ''But my thyroid was normal as was a month without work, and so did other parts of my body.''
In Ericsson -after a period of declines in this syndrome is not recognized, ''it does not exist, my doctor told me at the medical service'' - ran out precisely by laying off electrosensitivity. There was no place free from exposure in the company or data communications tasks that could reduce the risk of liability of the company's health.
He turned to the unemployment and inability office and asked: ''Where I can go to work where there are no (wireless) routers?''. They first denied the application which has now been achieved through the courts. I can not work. Nor can I use public transportation, among other reasons, because awareness is expanding to chemicals. ''Study people they can move, but has given them to put wifi in the streets.''
She lives in Madrid and down the street looking antennas. At home a landline and a mobile GSM, with far fewer megahertz than (smart)phones that do everything. ''It's not easy to find that information. In stores they get confused when you ask them about the SAR''. Your phone uses a lower frequency and takes you off all possible wireless connections. Use with earpiece because they reduce exposure and you may further reduce the effect with some extension cords that use air tubes, ''but it is hard to find.''
In the case of Madrid teleco, the key favorable judgment has been to have a report of public health, on this occasion, a scholar internist hospital theme of Guadalajara. ''It is the history of all these diseases, they don't exist until those affected claim and a judge recognizes and it become news, ''says attorney Collectiu Ronda. It happened with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue - ''today we have about 300 disabilities recognized by this cause'' - with multiple chemical sensitivity, ''some 50 won''. Now it's up to electrosensitivity.
See the link above and the reference therein at the end to the source article: LavanGuardia, Ana Macpherson, 02 Aug 2016
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