In the case of an Airbus Captain

In March 2023, the Toulouse Court issued a remarkable verdict in a case brought by an Airbus pilot against the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM, the French equivalent of our Employee Insurance Agency – UWV). The pilot became occupationally disabled after exposure to contaminated cabin air. Initially, his claim was rejected by CPAM, but the Court deemed the causal relationship between the victim’s exposure to contaminated air and his physical complaints proven and explicitly recognized Aerotoxic Syndrome as an occupational disease in its judgment. Based on this judgment, he was ultimately granted full disability benefits and reimbursement of incurred expenses. In short, the verdict can be summarized as follows:

The Court, deciding in contradiction to the initial ruling and after due deliberation in accordance with the law:

  1. Orders the ‘Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie’ (CPAM) of Haute Garonne to compensate, under professional legislation, the pathology reported by Mr. XX on August 23, 2018, namely the documented Aerotoxic Syndrome with chronic asthenia, neuro-psychological disorders, and asthmatic bronchial syndrome.
  2. Specifies that CPAM shall be responsible for offsetting the amounts Mr. XX has received for his disability pension since April 28, 2020, against the amounts owed for this occupational disease.
  3. Instructs CPAM to pay Mr. XX an amount of 1,500 euros based on the provisions of Article 700 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
  4. Leaves any potential costs to be borne by CPAM.
  5. Judgment rendered and recorded in the court register on March 20, 2023.


Find a copy of the original French court document HERE (source:, the English version (translation by us) can be read HERE.