Here’s a judgment that could set some serious precedent for people stuck on their work phones all day.
An Italian court has awarded a man named Robert Romero roughly $7,500 yearly payments for life after he allegedly developed a brain tumor from using his Telecom Italia phone three hours every day for 15 years.
Repeated usage of the phone is said to have led to development of a non-cancerous tumor, as well as the loss of hearing in one of his ears.
In the past, cell phone usage has also been linked to decrease in sperm count and quality.
According to the Daily Mail, one of the main factors in the case was the court’s rejection of studies that were funded by the telecom industry to be used as evidence.
The decision was made public this past Thursday, but actually was issued back in March.
In the next few weeks the “legal reasoning” that led to the ruling will be unveiled to the public.
Of note is that Romero’s lawsuit was aimed at the state social security agency, and not at Telecom Italia where (somewhat surprisingly) he still happens to be holding down a job.
Afterward, he stated that he has no issue with using a cell phone, but he did say that people who do (meaning everyone these days) should take caution.
“The norms say intense use is one hour a day,” he reportedly told Italian news channel Sky TG24. “I went well beyond the limits.”
A consumer protection agency in Italy is also said to be weighing a class-action suit that will force cell phones to have health warnings as a result of this decision.
The ruling was said to be aided by a previous decision, from back in 2012, where the highest court in Italy awarded social security payouts to a sales manager whose job routinely called for five-to-six hours a day on the phone.
Workaholics of the world, take note.