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Widow of “Classroom Cancer” Victim Wins Mesothelioma Compensation

Posted on: December 31st, 2010

The widow of a chemistry teacher, who often taught classes using asbestos mats, has agreed an out-of-court settlement after losing her husband to mesothelioma cancer.

Jim Sellwood, previously of Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, died in November 2008 from mesothelioma cancer – cancer which is directly caused by exposure to asbestos.

Through his long and successful teaching career at York’s St. John University, he had taught his students according to the university’s approved textbook “Chemistry, Collected Experiments” which advocated using asbestos mats.

Sadly, his love of teaching chemistry ultimately resulted in his death and, in an out-of-court settlement, St. John University acknowledged liability for their part in his mesothelioma cancer and agreed an undisclosed compensation amount for Jim’s widow, Mary.