Brain injury victim calls for changes to benefits
AN Aberdeen couple whose lives were torn apart following a car crash are backing a brain injury charity’s call to make changes to disability benefits.
Andy Irvine and partner Cheryl Mainland, pictured with their son Miller, believe a “lack of understanding” of head injuries can make traumatic circumstances more stressful.
Mr Irvine was hit by a car while walking home from a night out with friends in Aberdeen in 2015 and put in a coma.
He had suffered a broken pelvis, broken ribs, bruised lungs and a severe leg injury, but his most serious injury was swelling and bleeding on the brain. When he came out of the coma three weeks later he had to re-learn basic skills such as how to speak and how to walk up stairs. Together with Cheryl, he is now supporting brain injury charity Headway’s Right First Time campaign, which is calling on the Government to make changes to disability benefits assessments – which they say fail a large number of brain injury survivors and their families.
Ms Mainland said a “lack of understanding” of head injuries by the Department for Work and Pensions made the situation more stressful.