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Women's injuries 'not taken seriously'

TT/The Local · 17 Jul 2010, 10:19

Published: 17 Jul 2010 10:19 GMT+02:00

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In the first half of 2010, 23 percent of men had their compensation applications approved compared to just 13 percent of women, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.

The Social Insurance Agency said the discrepancy could be explained by the fact that it is legally obliged to base its assessments on scientific findings in the area of work-related injuries, where research pertaining to male-dominated professions remains predominant.

“It’s unfair to women but we can’t change the rules ourselves,” Monica Svanholm at Försäkringskassan told the newspaper.

But Svend Erik Matthiassen, who conducts research into strain injuries at the University of Gävle, said the agency shared a portion of the blame.

“They’re responsible for how they apply the law and they do have the opportunity to make different assessments. But currently they are very restrictive and often blame women’s pains on age,” he told Dagens Nyheter.

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“Middle-aged women who are in pain aren’t taken as seriously as men. It’s sad but true.”

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:53 July 17, 2010 by whattodo?
"it's sad but true" ..... oh, come on. Whoever took the time to write this "controversial" article should take the time to do a study to find out the sex of the decision makers and see if there is a predominant one. I believe it would be telling. Why is it that this artilcle has no authors name mention?

When Monica Svanholm says "its unfair to women but we can't change the rules ourselves" , we need to find out if she is looking and hoping for support to change the rules, or if she is using the so called "rules" to show some hidden distain for women who are in pain.

"It's the rules" too often justifies mistakes or serious breaches in judgement. I would hope that Monica's true intentions are to change the rules so that "middle aged women" ARE taken as seriously as men.

I am glad that Svend Erik Matthiassen states that the agency is responsible for how they apply the law, and that they have the opportunity to make different accessments.
16:26 July 17, 2010 by calebian22
It would be interesting to note the breakdown of payout based on sex by sector and not just one big lump of men versus women. If the descrepancy is for the same job description than this is inequitable, however, physical jobs are still dominated by men in Sweden. Convincing someone that you are disabled because of secretarial work is harder than proving a tree fell on you in the forest.
16:53 July 17, 2010 by eZee.se
Uh oh! Look out... there's going to be a burning of 200,000kr this time because a "new issue" has been found out, that too with "research" done into it now....
22:28 July 17, 2010 by Mirrorman
maybe, just maybe the women are weaker physically than men and more susceptable to claiming for compensation for stupid incidents?

maybe every statistic irrelevent of subject should show an even 50/50 split before women are happy with their lot? but then again women dont want equality here. they want it all and more.
04:34 July 18, 2010 by glamelixir
@ Mirrorman

First give birth, get a painful persiod monthly and wax your private parts before stating such a stupid thing as women are weaker.

Where the hell are you from?!
10:18 July 18, 2010 by Mirrorman
planet reality. if you think women are physically equal to men in general then you are a arrogant fool. the type that is making the world a worse place because you deny truth. but lets not argue lets prove it. lets have a race then a weighlifting competition. maybe chop down some trees or work on a building site for a day.

stupid beeetch.
11:57 July 18, 2010 by organismasawhole
ROFLMAO @glamelixir

try getting stabbed in the stomach with a broken billiards cue, having a October Fest beer mug smashed in your face dislodging 6 teeth pulverizing 2, having a sawed of tree branch fall on you and break your collar bone and cause some spinal disk leakage.

I used to get my chest, armpits and pubic area waxed cause of my girlfriend and iIwill take that superficial pain over the pain of sciatica any day. You should of left your argument at childbirth while you still had some credibility.
13:58 July 18, 2010 by glamelixir
@ organismasawhole

you should understand sarcasm as "how little pain a pan can take in fact" with those examples. The same way as I take as sarcasm all the bunch of stupid situations men get into that you mention.

@ Mirrorman, your misogine comment does not even deserve an answer, just as your previous one.

And for your information, even if women would be more propense to getting easily injured that should be contemplated as well, as laws are not made for men only.
03:36 July 19, 2010 by hogwort

Weighlifting and chopping trees down have nothing to do with pain.

Anyway, you can't be asked to imagine giving birth or having menstrual cramps.
20:00 July 19, 2010 by wincler
mirrorman .........are u male or female ?

after ur nickname ...u are male and u have menstrual cramps ? where ??
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