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Widow Makes Asbestos Claim against School for Husbands’ Death

A widow is making an asbestos claim for compensation against the school where her late husband worked as a teacher.

Sheila Schofield is making the claim against Foxford School in Coventry, and is trying to prove that her husband Brian was exposed to deadly asbestos dust while working there as a teacher. He taught maths and technical drawing at the school between 1969 and 1972 when he was in his mid-thirties.

Brian sadly passed away at the age of 72 in the summer of 2007 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, leading to a rapid decline in health. It is incurable and primarily caused by asbestos.

Sheila is hoping former pupils and teachers at the school will come forward to help her case and any that are made by sufferers in the future. She said; “I just hope this will jog people’s memories of Brian and they will come forward to help, not just for us but the pupils and teachers at the school who develop mesothelioma in the future.”

Brian passed away just four months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, and a post-mortem confirmed the presence of the disease. An investigation was then begun into when the exposure to asbestos occurred and concluded at the Foxford School. A former headteacher at the school has confirmed that an asbestos claim has started.

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