Italian court blames benign brain tumour on mobile
Italy’s top court has ruled that a businessman developed a benign brain tumour because he held a mobile phone to his ear for hours daily for his job and deserves worker’s compensation.
Innocente Marcolini, whose face is partially paralysed, argued that using cell and portable phones six hours a day for 12 years while dealing with clients in China and elsewhere overseas caused the tumour on the trigeminal nerve in his head.
His lawyers presented doctors who testified that excessive cell phone use increases risk of such tumours.
The impact of the ruling earlier this week is unclear. Numerous large scientific studies have failed to find a causal link between cellphones and brain tumours.
The World Health Organisation classifies mobile phones as “possible” carcinogens, in the same category as pesticides and coffee.