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Stray Voltage and Forensic Studies

STRAY VOLTAGE AND FORENSIC STUDIESUtility companies and corporations must frequently determine the underlying causes for power-related phenomena that have resulted in property and equipment damage, injury and death. Unless careful forensic analysis can prove otherwise, they can face the prospect of expensive legal judgements returned by juries without command of the technical issues or exculpatory evidence.

PowerCET brings the same logical and systematic analysis in arriving at the probable cause for the events in question as we do in our power quality consulting work. An understanding of the myths, popular misconceptions and mistaken beliefs as they apply to electrical phenomena helps identify pitfalls and likely opposition strategies. And as accomplished classroom educators, PowerCET expert witnesses can explain complex issues in clear simple language, easily understood by non-technical members of a jury.

Rate Structure - Expert Witness & Forensic Studies

Forensic Consulting Services



Forensic Consulting Services


Including forensic engineering, case research and analysis, product testing, facility or field evaluations, preparation of reports and attorney technical briefings. Activities which extend beyond the normal 8-hours will be billed at the hourly rate for the total hours actually worked. The daily rate is the minimum billing for out-of-time activities. Equipment expenses are not included in the consulting services rates—see PowerCET’s Equipment Usage Fees price list. Minimum billing increment 15-minutes per activity.


Expert Witness Services


Including depositions and court appearances.


Litigation Retainer


A non-refundable $5000 retainer is due upon acceptance of the litigation activity by PowerCET Corporation. Expenses (travel, meals, lodging and equipment expenses) are not included in the non-refundable retainer and will be billed separately.


Travel Time



Hold-over Time


Hold-over time includes weekends, holidays, etc. when the consultant remains in the distant (out-of-town) location at the request of the client. Meal, lodging and incidental expenses are in addition to the daily hold-over rate.