Fee Schedule

Once a file has been accepted, a signed Letter of Engagement must be returned to MSD Engineering to indicate you are aware of our fee schedule and that you are retaining our services. We do not consider ourselves retained until we receive the signed Letter of Engagement. Please contact our office for more details.

Below is a summary of our fee schedule.

Please contact our office for hourly rates and letter of engagement.

Hourly Rate – For office and investigative time, portal to portal, plus expenses.

Expenses – Expenses may include, but are not limited to; mileage, meals, lodging, photos, airfare, car rental, taxi service, supplies, rental equipment, parking, etc. Mileage will be charged at $0.85 per mile. All other expenses will be passed directly on to the client.

Travel Rate – Automotive travel will be charged portal to portal at the hourly rate, plus mileage unless other prior arrangements are agreed upon. The standard hourly rate will be reduced by 25% for air travel time.

Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Rate – A hazmat rate will apply to losses containing Hazardous materials requiring special training and/or special personal protective equipment (PPE) greater than level D. A charge of 1.5 times the standard hourly rate will apply for the entire day while conducting the examination.

Depositions and Court – Deposition and/or court testimony will be charged at 2 times the hourly rate for a minimum of 4 hours. All testimony, unless ordered by the court, will cease at 5:30 pm local time.

Bills will be presented as the case progresses and are due upon presentation. Work progress may depend on payment. Work may be suspended for failure to abide by the terms of this engagement. A 1.5 % per month late fee will be added to all invoices that have an outstanding balance after 30 days. All open cases will be invoiced regularly based on file activity and at the discretion of the engineer. The client will be responsible for all invoice amounts, in thier entirety, upon presentaion.

Investigations resulting in testifying in criminal court (including meetings and preparation time) will be billed to the client. Certain cases, including criminal cases, will require advance payment against fees.

The above fee structure is subject to update and change. Please contact MSD Engineering for latest information.

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