As an avid football fan and dedicated child abuse attorney helping families in Lexington, South Carolina, I have been following the tragic story surrounding the death of Adrian Peterson’ son. Peterson’s two-year-old little boy died of brain injuries after being abused by Joseph Patterson, the boyfriend of Peterson’s ex-wife.
Patterson has been charged with aggravated battery of an infant. Patterson violently shook the infant leading to the fatal brain injury.
Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are more common than most realize. In fact, it is the primary cause of death and disability for American adolescents. An adolescent enters the hospital with a brain injury every 40 seconds. Yearly, more than 80,000 kids are hospitalized due to a TBI. Furthermore, every year, around 1,300 infants sustain a critical or fatal brain injury from child abuse.
Regrettably, most people are unaware of efforts to implement a national brain injury plan. The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) is a seven-year, $2.9 billion national plan that does not need Congressional funding. This plan would greatly benefit families with children suffering from a TBI. The tragic events which led to the death of Adrian Peterson’s son could provoke the federal government to finally take action.
Victims of brain injury and child abuse in Lexington deserve a voice. My job as an attorney is to provide that voice, and guide families toward justice. For answers, call me today at (803) 790-2800.