Scott Sutherland was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Glasgow and sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when he was only 19 years old, following a deliberate hit and run.
Five years on, Scott Sutherland, his mother Carol and girlfriend Yasmine speak about the impact of his traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how Digby Brown helped with his recovery and rehabilitation.
“Made to feel like an outcast”
“You keep thinking to yourself, you’ve changed. You’re getting made to feel like you’ve changed with other people not interacting with you, not your friend anymore. You get made to feel like an outcast and it’s just horrible.”
“Friends didn’t understand his brain injury”
Carol Sutherland, Scott’s mother, said: “Yeah he had quite a few friends he was quite popular but not anymore. His friends have all faded into the background. They don’t seem to understand Scott now or understand the brain injury. Quite a lot of people don’t understand a brain injury actually.”
“I have a weakness down my right hand side, with both my hands I can use them but I can’t use them properly. I’ve got problems with my speech, I’ve got balance problems and I suffer from Seizures.
"That really, really angers me, really gets me annoyed. The frustration that comes out of me for the simplest things is unreal.”
Yasmine, Scott’s girlfriend said: “We started going out 2 years after his brain injury and I’ve always known him to have that relationship with Digby Brown – they would always be on the other side of a phone call or an email away.
“They helped his mum a lot too. She had to give up her work to look after Scott and they were there to support her financially when she was in times of needs.”
Scott Sutherland: “Going through a solicitors helped because I didn’t know what to do, none of us knew what to do as none of us had experienced anything like this before, so basically we were in the wilderness.
“Once we got introduced to Digby Brown it all seemed to take off from there and it’s been very successful and it’s been an easy journey with Digby Brown.
“Whether its compensation or something to do with jobs, courses, whatever it is, they’ll really try their hardest to get you something to get involved in.
“I want to have a normal life like anyone else and the compensation will really help. Now me and Jasmine are looking at different houses and hopefully we can have kids. I want to do all the things that another natural 24-year-old boy would do.”
Yasmine: “and you will, it’s all thanks to Digby Brown and what they’ve done for you, it’s been amazing.”
If you or a loved one has been affected by an acquired brain injury and you need legal help and advice, you can call our specialist solicitor Chris Stewart on 0141 566 9541.
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