An employee of Samsung Electronics who contracted a rare disease while working at one of the company’s semiconductor factories finally received government confirmation of suffering from an occupational disease, nearly 16 years after leaving the company.

Hon. Son Seong-hui, a judge with the Seoul Administrative Court, ruled in favor of “A,” who had petitioned the court to force the Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service (KCOMWEL) to cover medical expenses. The employee contracted Devic’s disease, a disorder of the spine and eyes, while working at a Samsung semiconductor factory.