A woman has been awarded compensation for her “ WI-FI allergy ”

By Maria Kyriacou

A woman has been awarded compensation for her “ WI-FI allergy ”
French woman Martine Richard has won a landmark court case that will see the government paying her €800 (AU $1,278.70) a month in disability allowance for three years.

Richard claims that she has been suffering from headaches, nausea and dizziness for years as a result of Wi-Fi and that she has been forced to resign from her job and head to the country for a Wi-Fi free existence.

The ruling is particularly unusual as scientists claim there is no evidence for electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).  EHS sufferers also claim they’re made sick by mobile phone signals, Wi-Fi routers and other gadgets. Scientists believe that EHS occurs due to the “nocebo” effect, where just knowing that a Wi-Fi signal is present makes people feel unwell. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) state: ‘The majority of studies indicate that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals. Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure.’

The court in Toulouse didn’t actually admit that EHS is an actual illness, but accepted that Richard’s symptoms, whatever the cause, prevent her from working. The disability allowance she was awarded is a reflection of this. 

Richard isn’t the first person to claim she is adversely affected by Wi-Fi. Let’s see if her landmark ruling inspires other people and other countries to follow suit.

Do you suffer from Wi-Fi Allergy? 


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