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About Matthew Ladd

Federal Criminal Attorney practicing in Miami-Dade County with our office in Coral Gables. Matthew Ladd is a former prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and received his bachelor's degree from Marshall University.

Uber & Lyft Rideshare Accidents in Miami

Rideshare Accidents

Miami’s streets are some of the most hazardous in the United States and several automobile collisions happen every day.  Many of these car crashes involve rideshare applications like Lyft or Uber, their chauffeurs, and the commuters on their journey.  Not only do accidents cause bodily damage and psychological torment, but the anxiety of dealing with the individuals in a rideshare accident also adds a new layer of burden to already upsetting circumstances. Under these conditions, it’s imperative to know what to do if you or a loved one is hurt due to someone else’s negligence.  An experienced personal injury attorney can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your damages if your Lyft or Uber driver gets into an auto accident while you are a passenger on its way to your destination.

The Law Offices of Matthew Ladd, Coral Gables, handles personal injury cases involving rideshare accidents.

Uber and Lyft rideshare collisions can cause a variety of complications, from bodily pain to debt, regardless of the intensity of the impact.  You need to be certain that those responsible will be held accountable for any difficulties you face. Some injuries and other consequences may not be seen or felt instantly, so it’s important to make sure you get proper medical care and personal injury legal representation to circumvent any delays when pursuing your claim.

Florida law obligates rideshare companies to have insurance covering their drivers for up to $50,000 in injury liability, $100,000 for total liability, and $25,000 for property damage before they are even matched with a passenger.  Once paired, there is up to $1,000,000 in coverage per accident. This makes certain that anybody under- or uninsured is covered and the financial needs of those not at fault after the incident can be met.

Riders, as well as drivers of rideshare apps involved in car accidents, need solid and knowledgeable representation when in search of a personal injury claim.  A lawyer skilled with this procedure can ease the inquiry into liability, acquire the correct documentation to pursue a lawsuit, negotiate a settlement, all while dealing with insurance companies.  Chasing an adjuster without an attorney is a critical error that can affect you on various levels. Insurance and rideshare businesses are crafty, looking only after their best interests, not yours. Instead, they will try to lessen your claim and pay as little as possible for your injuries and losses.

Therefore, it is critical to have an experienced personal injury advocate who can pursue your claim, negotiate a settlement, file a lawsuit and go to trial.  The insurance companies know that The Law Offices of Matthew Ladd, Coral Gables, is a firm that loves to litigate and always seeks full recompense for their client’s claims.

Locating the correct attorney to take an Uber or Lyft personal injury case is critical to the process.  Confirm that your lawyer takes cases to court and ask how they settle claims prior to trial. All big insurance companies are aware of which advocates file proceedings, and which merely seek payments.  Those firms that don’t regularly file personal injury lawsuits receive lower offers for their clientele because the insurance companies know they don’t have to pay their claim’s full value.

For more information regarding Lyft or Uber accidents, The Law Offices of Matt E. Ladd, Coral Gables, is a full-service law firm assisting those in need of criminal or civil representation in both State and Federal Courts throughout Florida.

Call us at (305) 665-3978 or click here to send us a message and a delegate will be in contact for your free consultation.

Traffic And DUI

Aggressive defense. Fight back against illegal arrests, unlawful pull-overs, and false breath readings.
Administrative reviews must be requested within 10 days of the arrest.

A conviction for drinking and driving beyond the legal limit can result in jail time, but the courts will most often allow you to plea to the mandatory minimum sentence and walk away with little more than probation, community service, and fines. Navigating your way to avoid jail time and to save on fines and penalties can be confusing. Not to mention, you may have defenses available that could keep you from being convicted altogether. Aggressive representation can improve your chances of getting the charges dropped completely or reduced to a lesser charge like reckless driving. Don’t take a plea without understanding the strength of your case and knowing your options. Call today for a complimentary consultation.

Finding a lawyer can be a really difficult experience and making sure that the rates you pay are fair can be even harder. I am a former Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney. After retiring from the prosecutor’s office I accepted a position in the Florida House of Representatives where I worked on the creation of various laws related to criminal justice. You can rest assured that the advice I give and the rates I charge are intended to help you and not exploit your situation.

We have an attorney on-call 24/7 to answer your phone calls and assess your situation. Obtaining legal counsel at the earliest possible opportunity allows you to protect your rights and begin building your defense with all the available options. Call today or submit your information below and one or out attorneys will contact you.

Flat-Rate Evictions

Flat-Rate Civil Litigation

Sometimes victims are entitled to compensation even if no crime was committed.  Accidents occur all the time, usually without malicious intent, but that doesn’t mean you’re not suffering because of someone else’s negligence.  

It’s difficult to fully grasp your rights when falling into these circumstances, but Matt Ladd and associates are proficient civil litigators, putting the odds of recompense in your favor.  

Serious Injuries & Maximum Compensation

We work to get maximum compensation for serious injuries. Our case selection process allows us to sift through the crowd and only focus on getting our selected clients the maximum recovery when they or their loved ones are severely injured, disabled, assaulted, or killed.

Has your injury left you in pain and prolonged suffering? Does the injury prevent you from returning to work right away or prevent you from picking up your kids or grandchildren like you could before?

When you can’t do the things you did before, without the pain and suffering caused from someone else’s disregard, you need an attorney by your side. Our practice is not a factory or a volume practice. We do not settle cases for peanuts. We work for the maximum compensation.

If you or a loved one has suffered:

 

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
  • Serious Auto Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Slip and Fall
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • False Accusations
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Injury due to someone’s failure to provide security

 

Call us today for a consultation. Our case review is free. Our consultation is free. Having us on your side is PRICELESS. Call us today 305-665-3978.

If you aren’t suffering from an injury that has severely altered your life, then we’re not the attorneys for you. We pride ourselves in offering excellent service to a limited number of clients that are in genuine need of our clients-are-like-family treatment. However, we are happy to offer you a free consultation and possibly help you find an attorney that is right for your case.

The Law Offices of Matt E. Ladd, Coral Gables, is a full-service boutique law firm assisting those in need of criminal or civil representation in both State and Federal Courts throughout Florida.

Call us at (305) 665-3978 or click here to send us a message and a delegate will be in contact for your free consultation.

Flat Rate Civil Litigation

Flat-Rate Civil Litigation

Sometimes victims are entitled to compensation even if no crime was committed.  Accidents occur all the time, usually without malicious intent, but that doesn’t mean you’re not suffering because of someone else’s negligence.  

It’s difficult to fully grasp your rights when falling into these circumstances, but Matt Ladd and associates are proficient civil litigators, putting the odds of recompense in your favor.  

Serious Injuries & Maximum Compensation

We work to get maximum compensation for serious injuries. Our case selection process allows us to sift through the crowd and only focus on getting our selected clients the maximum recovery when they or their loved ones are severely injured, disabled, assaulted, or killed.

Has your injury left you in pain and prolonged suffering? Does the injury prevent you from returning to work right away or prevent you from picking up your kids or grandchildren like you could before?

When you can’t do the things you did before, without the pain and suffering caused from someone else’s disregard, you need an attorney by your side. Our practice is not a factory or a volume practice. We do not settle cases for peanuts. We work for the maximum compensation.

If you or a loved one has suffered:

 

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
  • Serious Auto Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Slip and Fall
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • False Accusations
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Injury due to someone’s failure to provide security

 

Call us today for a consultation. Our case review is free. Our consultation is free. Having us on your side is PRICELESS. Call us today 305-665-3978.

If you aren’t suffering from an injury that has severely altered your life, then we’re not the attorneys for you. We pride ourselves in offering excellent service to a limited number of clients that are in genuine need of our clients-are-like-family treatment. However, we are happy to offer you a free consultation and possibly help you find an attorney that is right for your case.

The Law Offices of Matt E. Ladd, Coral Gables, is a full-service law firm assisting those in need of criminal or civil representation in both State and Federal Courts throughout Florida.

Call us at (305) 665-3978 or click here to send us a message and a delegate will be in contact for your free consultation.

 

 

Hate Crimes are Criminal Actions Intended to Harm or Intimidate People

Hate crimes are criminal actions intended to harm or intimidate people because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or other minority group status. They are also referred to as bias crimes. Last October, a gay couple went to Burger King located in South Beach, Fl. Raymond Ortega, a gay bartender, and Toni Llerena, a transgender woman, were eating when an employee ordered them to leave and called them “f—ing faggots.” When they protested, a security guard repeated the slur, sprayed Ortega with mace and beat him, busting his jaw and seriously injuring his knee, they say.

The two have now filed a lawsuit against Burger King over the October incident, which left Ortega walking with a limp and with more than $10,000 in dental bills. Their lawyers, Matthew Ladd and Robert Pelier, say once Burger King reveals the names of the employee and the security guard, they plan to report the attack to Miami-Dade prosecutors. Authorities do file charges under Florida’s hate-crime law. Ladd said the Miami-based restaurant chain has surveillance video of the attack. “These two are going to get justice,” Ladd said of his clients. “We are going to hold everyone accountable.”

SANTA NEEDS A LAWYER AND SHOULD TAKE THE FIFTH

According to the next of kin, “Grandma” was “found at the scene of the attack on Christmas morning. She had hoof-prints on her forehead, and incriminating Claus marks on her back”.

They seem certain that she was run over by a reindeer.  It is only a matter of time before detectives will want to speak to the only person who owns reindeer and uses them as his primary means of transportation.  “The Claus marks on her back” could well be something that is unique only to Mr. Kringle.

If the attack happened in Florida, Santa is facing a maximum 30 years in prison!  It seems he left the scene of an accident and will likely be accused of causing her death.

Traffic laws apply to animals being used as transportation just like if they are cars (316.073).  If Santa failed to leave his contact information he’s looking at a four-year minimum mandatory sentence and a three-year license suspension in addition to a maximum 30 years in prison.

Don’t lose the Christmas spirit yet.   The case hinges on the State being able to prove who was actually driving the reindeer that night.  Was it Santa?  Did they just get loose? Was it an elf or anyone else?   It doesn’t seem that anyone actually saw it happen, they just assumed.

If Santa is questioned and admits to driving- or the police think he was the driver- he will be arrested and may not be allowed to bail out since he is a foreign national of the North Pole (a country which the United States does not have any diplomatic relations or the ability to extradite).

Santa has nothing to gain from talking and should definitely take the Fifth.  He has the right to remain silent, let’s just hope he has the ability!

Assuming he was driving and did run over Grandma, there’s still hope with the right defense.  The State has to prove that he actually killed Grandma beyond a reasonable doubt.  With the cold temperature, a medical examiner is going to have a lot of trouble determining the time of death.

It’s not such a stretch to wonder if Grandma staggered outside side (apparently after too much spiked eggnog), collapsed, and froze to death.  If Grandma was already dead, Santa didn’t cause her death.  That reason to wonder is reason to doubt and a jury can’t find him guilty.

The lesson: with the right defense Christmas can be saved!

The Lyrics:

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe
She’d been drinking too much eggnog
And we begged her not to go
But she forgot her medication
And she staggered out the door into the snow
When we found her Christmas morning
At the scene of the attack
She had hoof-prints on her forehead
And incriminating Claus marks on her back
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe
Now we’re all so proud of grandpa
He’s been taking this so well
See him in there watching football
Drinking beer and playing cards with cousin Mel
It’s not Christmas without Grandma
All the family’s dressed in black
And we just can’t help but wonder
Should we open up her gifts
Or send them back (send them back)
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe
Now the goose is on the table
And the pudding made of fig
And the blue and silver candles
That would just have matched the hair on grandma’s wig
I’ve warned all my friends and neighbors
Better watch out for yourselves
They should never give a license
To a man who drives a sleigh
And plays with elves
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe
Singin’ grandpa
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe
Merry Christmas
Songwriters: Randy Brooks

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Flat Rate Evictions

Flat Rate Evictions

We offer flat-rate eviction services for landlords that needed to start their evictions yesterday. The process of eviction takes attention to detail and needs to be done right or risk being fined for a wrongful eviction.

For our reasonable flat-rate attorney’s fee of $500 we start the process by sending the required three-day notice. If the tenant isn’t out or doesn’t pay within the three-days we file the complaint and serve it with our private process servers. Generally, our process servers get the complaints served within 24 hours.

From there, the tenants have five days to move, pay, or we get the court order to force them out with the sheriff. Get started now before they owe you another day of unpaid rent!

Call today 305-665-3978.

*Amounts don’t reflect court filing fees, process server fees, and other associated costs. The typical eviction costs between $500-$750 with costs. Amounts discussed herein relate to actions for possession only. Pursuit of unpaid rent, after obtaining possession, is optional and may be performed on an hourly or contingency basis. Nothing contained herein should be considered legal advice and does not form the basis for an attorney-client relationship. Call today to inquire.

Here’s What’s Wrong With a 9-Year-Old Bringing a Gun to School

It’s a crime in Florida to give a weapon to a someone under 18-years-old unless the child’s parents consent. (Fla. Stat. 790.17). It’s also a crime to leave a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of minor unless the gun is stored in a securely locked box or container or in a location which is reasonably secure or locked with a trigger lock. Taking a gun within 1,000 feet of a school or school sponsored activity is also a crime.

In Florida, a 9-year-old is generally considered too young to be responsible for his or actions and will likely avoid prosecution for bringing the gun to school or hiding it in his backpack. However, if the parents let the boy have “easy access” to the gun, they could be looking at up to sixty days in jail. Had someone died, the parents would certainly be faced with a lawsuit and possibly even criminal negligence.

Florida law prohibits the carrying of a firearm if it’s concealed without a special permit. Carrying a firearm or weapon in plain view- therefore not concealed and in “the ordinary sight of another person” is not a crime until it is improperly exhibited in front of at least one person, and if the person carrying it is of-age or has the minor’s parents permission. However, no matter how hold you are, it’s illegal to improperly exhibit the weapon or even bring it to school. The law defines “improper exhibition” as displaying the gun in a rude, careless, angry, or threatening way. Pointing the gun at someone, unless you’re acting in reasonable self-defense, will probably earn you a night in the slammer at the very least. Unfortunately, the nine-year-old learned that too. The law allows the State to hold him in “secure detention” for up to 21 days and requires a psych evaluation.

The offense, if committed by an adult or a minor charged as an adult would be looking at a five year maximum felony prison sentence.

The take away- don’t let your kids take your guns to school because it could wind you both behind bars.

Source – Miami Herald

Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Elderly Abuse is defined as financial or material exploitation and the illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property or assets. Financial exploitation of the elderly has become so rampant throughout the years that it has been referred to as “the crime of the 21st century”.  As we age, we change physically, emotionally and mentally and this can make it easier for people to take advantage of us. According to a 2011 Study of Financial Elder Abuse by Metlife, it was found that women are more likely to be victims of elderly abuse at the ages of 80 and 89.

Who commits elderly financial abuse?

It can be anyone, strangers, your closest family member, and friends.

Who is most likely to get financially exploited?

Elderly people who live in social isolation, or are experiencing declining mental or physical health are usually the ones most vulnerable to financial abuse.

What are the warning signs of elderly abuse?

There are multiple signs of financial elder abuse but because they are so subtle, most people overlook them. Even though elderly abuse has become the most common type of crime, it is also massively under reported. One of the reasons elderly abuse is under reported is that well-meaning onlookers are afraid to act unless they’re certain that abuse is occurring. These are some signs you can look out for when you suspect someone you know might be getting taken advantage of.

  1. Unexpected changes in bank account balances. Such as unauthorized or unexplained financial account withdrawals
  2. Disappearance of funds or valuable possessions
  3. Unanticipated transfer of assets to a family member or friend
  4. Forging or forcing an elderly person’s signature
  5. Getting an elder person to sign a deed, will, contract, or power of attorney through deception, coercion, or undue influence
  6. Promising long-term or lifelong care in exchange for money or property and not following through on the promise
  7. Overcharging for or not delivering caregiving services
  8. Denying elder persons access to their money or preventing them from controlling their assets
  9. Sudden changes to a will or other important financial documents

Financial exploitation of the elderly isn’t just a legal issue, it can also cause mental trauma. Losing assets that they have accumulated over a lifetime of hard work and sometimes deprivation can cause great stress and devastation. Looking out for these signs will make it easier to protect your loved ones and to also report it if it is happening.      

If you know someone who is being exploited, we can help them recover their stolen property. Call ML Law now at: 305.665.3978

Coerced Confessions w/ Matt Ladd, Maggie Arias, Jeff Weiner, and Joe Stone

Lies. Truth. Some people live it, some people tell it, and some people mix both into one and don’t do either very well.

When it comes to the criminal justice system, it’s been said that there are three sides to every story: His, hers, and the truth.

No matter which category you fall into, there’s one thing you should never do: if you’re on the other side of the interrogation table, don’t talk. Not a single word, other than, “Lawyer.”

Remember, you have the right to remain silent. It’s your constitutional guarantee, and if you don’t use it, you could lose its benefit.

Confessions are not always accurate or truthful, but when coerced, the accused become their own worst enemy and the presumption of innocence is out the window.

When there is injustice for one, there is injustice for all. Welcome to Felony Miami. Let’s air it out.