Engineer's brain claim 'first of many'

Engineer’s brain claim ‘first of many’
Richard Ball A former BT engineer’s plan to sue the telecoms giant over permanent brain damage allegedly caused by mobile phone use is likely to be the first of many. “We’re going to see more testcases like this,” an insider at the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) told EW: “This is going to happen more and more.” Stephen Corney, formerly a senior engineer at BT, alleges that using mobile phones, for several hours a day as part of his job with BT, left his short-term memory irretrievably damaged. At a high profile press conference last Sunday, Corney’s lawyers issued a protective writ which allows them three months to gather evidence and medical data. They say he will be claiming compensation exceeding ?100,000. Problems began, Corney says, when BT switched from analogue to digital mobiles in 1995. His job included driving around the UK testing the coverage of the phones. Almost immediately he claims to have started getting headaches, impaired hearing and eventually short term memory loss. Within nine months this led to Corney going sick. He has been unable to work since and was forced to retire last year. “We won’t be commenting on his individual case,” responded a BT spokesperson. “BT, along with all the other telecom operators, has been studying the evidence. All the experts agree there is no scientific evidence that mobiles pose any health threat.”

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