Hello, I’m Eric A. Gang, a veterans disability lawyer. I started my own firm in February 2000. Please read my full biography and why I do this work here. There are a growing number of lawyers and law firms that practice veterans benefits law, but the thing that separates our firm from the vast majority is our singular focus. We represent no one but disabled veterans and their surviving family members. Recently, many prominent personal injury or Social Security lawyers have been putting out websites or advertisements to attract VA disability cases. But their firms are still, primarily, personal injury or Social Security law firms. This means that their time is divided between many different practice areas, which limits their experience.
We have maintained our singular focus even in the face of the VA backlog that has slowed the time to resolve cases and when the temptation to branch out into other practice areas has been the greatest. We have resisted that temptation and have maintained our commitment to providing disabled veterans with unparalleled, hard-hitting, aggressive representation of VA disability claims. We represent veterans worldwide and pride ourselves on taking on the most complex disability cases.
Because of our focus on representing only disabled veterans and their surviving family members, we bring a depth of experience that other firms lack. This means that your VA appeal will benefit from our experience, giving you that edge that often means the difference between winning and losing. I have represented more than 500 appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and have recovered literally millions of dollars on behalf of disabled veterans. Very few lawyers who practice in this field have litigated that many appeals at the federal court level. Many of the lawyers prominent on the web who represent disabled veterans have not even represented a single veteran before the federal court.
But my philosophy for this firm involves more than just our singular focus and experience. One of the most important things I stress to my dedicated team of professionals here at Gang & Associates is my commitment to outstanding service. I realize that you need winning results. You may be unable to work as a result of your disability and you need the VA benefits just to survive. But you want excellent service, too. You have been living with your disability and your VA appeal for a long time. It may be hard to let go of the reins and let a law firm take over. We understand that. That is why we are committed to providing you with regular status updates at least every 6 months, and why a staff member is committed to returning your call or responding to your email within 2 business days.
If we are fortunate enough to earn your trust and you bring my firm on board, you’re not just hiring one lawyer; you’re hiring a dedicated team of attorneys and paralegals whose singular focus is to help you win your VA appeal and provide you with excellent service along the way. You can meet our team here.
Over the years we have developed a finely-tuned system of handling VA disability claims. Our system centers on our use of technology to efficiently organize information and systematize the process. It starts by scanning all documents and claims files into electronic form. This way we can access any document on a file from any of our firm’s computers. This means that you gain the benefit of more than one firm member being able to work on your file simultaneously. You get the assurance that more than one pair of eyes is reviewing your file. This reduces the chances of missing something, thereby increasing your chances of winning.
We also have a system for ensuring your file gets the attention it deserves. Through the use of sophisticated case-management software, we are able to pre-program cases to ensure that key events take place on time, and that we take steps to make sure VA does not forget about your case. The appeal process can be lengthy, and sometimes the VA needs to be pushed aggressively to do its job. We don’t hesitate to file action in federal court if VA indicates a refusal to act. We have systems in place to make sure this gets done. In all, you benefit from our systems and technology, which are designed to keep your case moving and to make certain no detail is overlooked.
Besides staying on the cutting edge of technology and law firm systems management, our attorneys stay on the forefront of developments in VA disability benefits law. I lecture widely in the area of veterans benefits law as an instructor with Lawline and the National Business Institute. I regularly teach other lawyers about VA benefits law, which requires me to stay current with the latest developments. I have also lectured for Rossdale, the N.J. State Bar Association, and for various veterans and civic groups. I have co-authored two books, published in 2013 and 2014 by NBI, Inc., in the area of veterans law. I have been published in industry publications and have appeared as a commentator on veterans law for WRNJ radio.
Our experience, systems, and knowledge allow us to offer the hardest-hitting and most aggressive representation of VA claims. One of the hallmarks of our aggressive strategy is to fight back hard against VA medical examiners who usually write medical reports against a veteran’s claim. This usually doesn’t happen by merely objecting to an unfavorable VA medical opinion. In most cases, this means that we do not hesitate to hire top-notch private medical experts that can go head-to-head with any VA medical expert. We have the resources and relationships necessary to offer the highest level of aggressive case development.
And it doesn’t matter where you are located. We represent veterans worldwide in any VA regional office, before the Board of Veterans Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. You don’t need to live near our office or ever travel anywhere. We handle everything for you by telephone, fax, email, or regular mail.
So, how do we decide which cases to accept?
For a number of reasons, we don’t accept every veteran’s case. Some cases have no viable basis and those should not, in good faith, be pursued. While the cases we do accept vary, they all share a common truth: they all involve legitimate claims for which our clients deserve to receive benefits, no matter how easy or hard those claims may be to prove.
You and your situation are the most important thing. We base a lot of our decision to accept your case based on you and your situation. Until we review your matter, there is no way of knowing whether we can help.
We prioritize veterans who are unable to work due to the service-related disabilities. We generally receive far more calls for representation that we can possibly handle. As such, we have to prioritize who we can help. Veterans unable to work are usually in the most severe financial situations and so we will look very carefully at a veteran’s case where he or she is unable to work as a result of his or her service-related disability.
We don’t take cases if it will spread us too thin. Your law firm should be available to you. Taking too many cases means we can’t provide existing clients–or your case–with the attention necessary.
We handle cases where we can make a difference.
We take cases with a special emphasis on mental disabilities. The reason is that mental disabilities have a greater chance of rendering someone totally unemployable.
We take cases where we have a good faith basis for winning. We consider it unethical to advance arguments when we know that legally there is no sound basis in the law or facts. We strive to adhere to the highest ethical standards.
If we represented you on appeal at the CAVC and you wish further representation at the Board, we can only represent you if the amount of legal fee at the BVA level exceeds what fees were awarded at the CAVC under the Equal Access to Justice Act.
The only way to know whether or not we can help you is for you to call us.
If we choose to represent you at the regional office or Board of Veterans Appeals level, we will charge a contingency fee, which is usually 20 to 30 percent of any retroactive pay that we recover on your behalf. This means that you do not have to pay us unless we win money for you, and then you pay a percentage of the money as a legal fee. If we represent you at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, our fees would be paid by VA under the Equal Access to Justice Act. In either case, you are not required to pay any money up front. We try to make it as easy as possible. The only catch is that your case must be on appeal. This means we cannot represent you on initial claims for which VA has not made a decision yet.
If you would like to explore how our veterans benefits lawyers can help you, then I invite you to contact our office. We’re here to help.