Widow of “Classroom Cancer” Victim Compensated

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

Jim Sellwood, formerly 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 the use of asbestos mats.

Sadly, his love of teaching chemistry ultimately led to 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.

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