Brain Tumor Linked To Mobile Usage Says Italian Court
In a move that may invite further legal claims, the Italian supreme court has sustained a lower court ruling that found a business executive’s brain tumor is associated with his heavy cell phone usage.
According to Reuters, this ruling may set a precedent for a surge of cases linking mobile phone usage to tumors – even though scientific experts opine that there is not much hard evidence to conclusively assert a link between mobile usage and cancer.
The product liability lawsuit claimed the tumor found in the head of company director Innocenzo Marcolini resulted from his daily mobile phone use for 5-6 hours over a period of 12 years. Marcolini was diagnosed with a non-cancerous neurinoma that affected the cranial nerve and needed to be surgically removed, which affected his quality of life, reports Reuters.
Marcolini sought financial compensation from the Italian Workers' Compensation Authority, which rejected his application because there was no proof of his illness having been caused by his work. Italy’s supreme court sided with a later lower court ruling that there was reliable scientific evidence to support the claim.