An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumor.
An executive who claimed excessive use of his mobile phone at work caused a benign tumor to develop in his brain was awarded a state-funded pension.
The judgment is subject to a possible appeal.
Roberto Romeo, 57, had testified that his work duties obliged him to use his mobile for three to four hours of each working day for 15 years.
"For the first time in the world, a court has recognized a causal link between inappropriate use of a mobile phone and a brain tumour," his lawyers, Stefano Bertone and Renato Ambrosio said in a statement.
Romeo said he did not want to demonise mobiles, “but I believe we have to be more aware about how to use them," he told the Agence France-Presse.
I had no choice but to use my mobile to talk to colleagues and organise work - for 15 years I was calling all the time, from home, in the car.
However, studies show when it comes to health risks from mobile phones, Romeo's case is rare.
Scientific studies of the potential health risks of mobile phones have mostly concluded that they pose no serious risk to human health at the level of most people’s use.
But it's too early to figure out the full extent of risks that new technology pose to consumers.