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Human decomposition begins approximately four minutes after death. In an average adult, there are between 1.2 to 1.5 gallons of blood. In an average 200-pound adult, there are over 120 pounds of bodily fluids. They are going to go somewhere. (Credit: BioSheen) Human decomposition begins approximately four minutes after death. In an average adult, there are between 1.2 to 1.5 gallons of blood. In an average 200-pound adult, there are over 120 pounds of bodily fluids. They are going to go somewhere. (Credit: Microgen/stock.adove.com)

It has been said “knowledge is power,” and in the field of forensic restoration, this is particularly true for the insurance industry. Commonly known as “crime and trauma scene cleaning,” forensic restoration is defined as the comprehensive remediation of buildings and structures contaminated or suspected to be contaminated from biological materials. For insurers, this can include claims involving homicide, suicide, accidental or natural death.

Consider an unattended death with advanced human decomposition, add cross-contamination from first responders and cross bio-contamination from vectors creating fomites (items likely to carry infection). Throw in a dog who has to eat and a family under duress and unhappy with their previous service providers. Add in a global pandemic, and you have the recipe for a perfect storm.

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