Italy’s Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that allowed disability payments to a businessman who claimed his brain tumor was tied to his excessive cell phone use. This was a most significant ruling. Previously, studies conducted over the years attempting to link cell phone usage to cancer have been inconclusive. The World Health Organization (WHO) most recently noted that radiation from cell phones can “possibly” cause cancer, and it listed mobile phone use in the same carcinogenic hazard category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. But, the definitive causal link between cell phones and cancer has been missing.
The CTIA-Wireless Industry Association noted that WHO researchers did not conduct any new research, but rather reviewed published studies. Interestingly, most of those prior studies were funded by the wireless industry itself. But there was new scientific evidence presented in the Italian court. The case referenced an independent study conducted by a cancer specialist in Sweden. The court in its ruling broke new ground. The ruling by the Italian Supreme Court may have an effect in this country.
Some observers believe the Italian court’s ruling may open the gates for future litigation. But I am not sure that will happen. Certainly it won’t change the landscape quickly. Clearly, the decision will garner attention beyond Italy’s national borders, and especially since wireless has such a global footprint. I have always believed that brain cancer and excessive cell phone use over an extended period of time had to be related. We will see what happens now that a high level court has broken new ground.
Source: Claims Journal
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