In Peaks and Valleys for Expert Witnesses construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:
One would initially think slower business might mean cost cutting on safety or reduced staffing causing overworking of employees, and higher productivity demands by management causing haste and a greater margin for error or bad judgment. Moreover, while some of this may occur, these are not the main reasons for a reduction in the retention of experts. When business slows, the incidents of product failure, construction accidents, personal injury, etc. slow with it. It comes down to simple math — less opportunity equals fewer occurrences.
Experts who have been practicing for several years, through bad or slower than usual economies, report having experienced increased negotiation of expert fees. Attorneys and referral agencies will actively negotiate in an attempt to lower the expert’s hourly fee. “It’s not personal; it’s just business.”
William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company for more than 35 years, specializes in excavation & construction site preparation – earthwork and grading, water mains, sewer installation, trenching, containment, underground utilities, dike repair, heavy equipment rentals. www.siteworkexpert.com