On October 17, 2011, the Environmental Health Trust published a study in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, concluding that cell phone manufacturers underestimate the amount of cell phone radiation exposure experienced by most mobile device users. Researchers found that cell phone radiation testing under the current Federal Communications Commission guidelines miscalculates the amount of cell phone radiation exposure in most people. Specifically, the study found that current cell phone radiation testing practices only represent about 3 percent of the general population. In support of these recent findings, researchers criticized the manner in which cell phone radiation testing is conducted. Currently, cell phone radiation testing is done using a mannequin, modeled on a man who is 6’2” and weighs 200 pounds. The mobile device is also held one inch from the mannequin’s ear, which is something most people rarely do, and therefore further support that this type of cell phone radiation testing underestimates the actual cell phone radiation exposure experienced by most cell phone users. For instance, the study found that children absorb twice as much cell phone radiation than adults, an amount that exceeds Federal Communications Commission guidelines. The currently accepted industry certification methods underestimate the amount of cell phone radiation exposure in smaller children and adults.  Given the flaws in cell phone radiation testing, researchers concluded that 97 percent of the population face greater cell phone radiation exposure than what is currently assessed. Moreover, researchers also noted that current cell phone radiation testing does not examine cell phone radiation exposure to parts of the body other than the head. Currently, there is no way to measure cell phone radiation exposure for individuals who carry their cell phones around their hips or in their pockets. Furthermore, the study noted that cell phone radiation exposure in children is much higher than what is currently reported as a result of the flawed cell phone radiation testing process.

Correcting Current Cell Phone Radiation Testing Practices

Dr. Devra Davis, former senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration and one of the report’s author’s told ABC that “The standard for cell phones has been developed based on old science and old models and old assumptions about we use cell phones, and that’s why they need to change.” In its report, the Environmental Health Trust noted that the Federal Communications Commission cell phone radiation testing is flawed. In order to accurately gauge the amount of cell phone radiation exposure in the general population, the authors suggested an alternative cell phone radiation testing process. Their suggested cell phone radiation testing would use MRI scans on humans, including children and pregnant women. The researchers believe that this type of cell phone radiation testing would provide accurate cell phone radiation exposure data on a “Virtual Family,” representing all ages and sizes. Additionally, researchers are particularly concerned about the effects of cell phone radiation exposure in children. They believe that children absorb twice the amount of cell phone radiation to their heads, up to triple the amount to parts of the brain, up to ten times in their bone marrow and show greater cell phone radiation absorption in their eyes.

Previous Cell Phone Radiation Exposure Warning Issued By World Health Organization

In May 2011, the World Health Organization issued a warning regarding cell phone radiation exposure. It reclassified cell phones, placing them in the same category as lead and engine exhaust, stating that cell phone radiation exposure could possibly cause cancer and other long-term health effects. Specifically, the World Health Organization concluded that cell phone radiation exposure puts individuals at an increased risk for both glioma, a malignant form of brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the nerve that runs from the ear to the brain.

Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced any problems as a result of cell phone radiation exposure, you may be able to file a cell phone radiation lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential cell phone radiation lawsuit evaluation. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients.  In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our cell phone radiation injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published October 20, 2011 by