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Dog attack kills 4-year-old girl

This disturbing case shocked the local community of Iron Ridge, Wis. A dog attacked and killed a 4-year-old girl.

Taylor Bells was just 4 years old when she died; attacked by a 5-year-old Boxer while she was in the backyard of a home she had never been to before. For some reason, she was left out in the yard by herself, with no supervision.

Apparently, the Bells family was visiting a friend and the dog was in the backyard, attached to a lead and chain that was long enough for him to roam most of the yard. Taylor was left outside with the dog and no one noticed what had happened, until a neighbor heard a terrible racket coming from the backyard.

The dog was mauling the child. The neighbor flew across the yard to pound on the door of the residence, alerting the people inside the home to the attack. A 911 dispatcher instructed the family how to perform CPR on the gravely injured child; coaching them for approximately nine minutes. When EMS crews arrived, Taylor was rushed to the nearest hospital where a trauma team tried to save her for over an hour. They were not successful.

The Boxer was taken to the local humane society for a quarantine period of 10 days. The owner will have to decide whether to put the dog down or not when the time is up. Police reports did not indicate why Taylor was left alone with the dog.

Cases like these are never easy for anyone, particularly if a small child is involved. The major question in this case is whether the dog had a known history of being vicious and attacking people and whether Taylor’s mother knew about it. While the dog may have been chained in the yard, if it was known to be vicious, the Bells family should have been warned.

The Bells family will not only be emotionally devastated, but quite likely financially strapped as well, as a result of paying for Taylor’s emergency medical treatments. They will be wondering how they will be able to pay the medical expenses on top of their other bills. The best solution for them may be to apply for legal funding from a litigation finance company.

Litigation funding, also known as pre-settlement funding, is a little known service for plaintiffs to apply for an interim emergency cash advance on their expected lawsuit settlement or court verdict. If they qualify for the fast cash, it is sent to them within 24 to 48 hours. They don’t pay to apply for a lawsuit cash advance and get to keep the cash free and clear if their case is not won in court.

Plaintiffs are not expected to pay any upfront fees or to make monthly payments on the lawsuit cash advance. The money is theirs, almost immediately, to do anything they want. Most plaintiffs realize they need to pay their medical bills first. The rest of the money is a backup fund that lets them wait for a reasonable settlement offer from the insurance company. Usually, an insurance company lowballs the first offer, in the hopes the plaintiff will accept. If they know the lawyer is serious about going to court, the settlement amount often becomes larger.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

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