How much should trauma scene cleanup cost? Is my dad getting ripped off?
August 22, 2013 5:20 PM Subscribe
A trauma scene cleanup company is quoting my dad $2100 for materials and 20 hours of labor to clean up the biohazardous material in the tiny bathroom my uncle died in. Is this a reasonable estimate of labor?
posted by efsrous to work & money (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My uncle died in the shower in the small bathroom in his studio apartment. We think he had a heart attack. His body was there, under running water, for 12 days before it was found. Because of decomposition, there is some skin and a lot of blood in the bathroom. The bathroom is all tile, no porous materials other than towels, bathmat etc.
This company quoted us about $2100 for the cleanup. They are charging for materials, but most of this cost comes from labor. Their rate is about $75 an hour, which seems reasonable I guess, given the nature of the work. However, their quoted 20 hours of labor seems like a lot to me. It is a very small room, with not a lot of porous material that needs to be removed. I understand that this is biohazardous material and their process involves more than a wipe-down with some clorox, but should it really take 20 hours? Are they padding their labor estimate?
I don't know anything about this kind of cleanup, maybe this is standard. But I don't want my dad to get ripped off while he's stressed and grieving.