Eric Gang’s Experience and Expertise
Award-winning litigator Eric Gang fights for veterans by making sure they receive the disability benefits they are entitled to for mental health issues, injuries, and other trauma resulting from their sacrifices for our country.
In his over 20 years of experience as an attorney, Gang has represented thousands of veterans seeking disability and other benefits from the Veterans Administration. He has fought over 1,000 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and has won some of the largest-ever awards against the VA for disabled veterans in U.S. history.
Based in New Jersey, Gang’s areas of focus include the following:
- Accrued Benefits
- Spouses and potentially other survivors of a deceased veteran may be eligible for accrued disability benefits if they had a valid claim pending at the time of death. This may provide the spouse or other survivors with valuable back-pay benefits which might have been available to the veteran at the time of his or her death. An experienced attorney can be particularly helpful with these claims.
- Agent Orange
- Numerous cancers and other diseases have been linked to exposure to Agent Orange, a tactical herbicide containing dioxin used primarily during operations in the Vietnam War. Veterans who served in Vietnam and have a disease or other condition related to Agent Orange exposure may be eligible for disability benefits.
- Anxiety and Mental Health Disorders
- PTSD is not the only potentially debilitating mental condition that servicemen and women may develop in connection with service. Depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, bipolar, panic disorder, chronic pain disorder, schizophrenia, and delusional disorders linked to time spent in the military, which has caused you to become disabled, may be eligible for payments. Although it is possible that the VA may initially deny these claims, an experienced veterans disability lawyer can help you make the required showing in court.
- Burn Pits and Other Toxic Exposures
- Exposure to other toxic hazards, such as burn pits for waste disposal, radiation, and related conditions and diseases that lead to a disability may also be eligible for compensation.
- Camp Lejeune Claims
- Camp Lejeune is a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Soldiers, civilians, and families who spent time at the camp between 1953 and 1987 likely were exposed to highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. They may be entitled to compensation for health problems they developed as a result.
- Death Benefits for Families of Veterans
- Spouses, children, or parents of a service member who died in the line of duty or died from a service-related injury or illness may be entitled to benefits. It is possible the VA may initially deny these claims wrongfully, and an experienced attorney might be needed.
- Fraud Against the Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
- The federal government provides special contracting opportunities to qualified businesses as part of its Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small Business program. Sometimes big businesses and other ineligible firms illegally take advantage of these programs, to the detriment of former service members. Whistleblowers may be eligible for compensation and are the number one defense against this fraud.
- Gulf War Syndrome
- Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War from 1990-1991 may have developed this chronic, multi-symptom disorder. The syndrome is recognized by researchers as having a variety of features, such as fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, insomnia, rashes, and diarrhea. The specific causes remain unknown, although it is believed that these problems may be linked to exposure to nerve agents, pesticides, or nerve agent prophylactics. Sufferers who are disabled may be entitled to benefits.
- Military Sexual Trauma
- Veterans who have suffered sexual assault or other related trauma as part of their service may be eligible for extensive health care and financial compensation benefits and 100 percent disability benefits. An experienced attorney can help.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Serving in the military can put people in life-threatening or other situations that cause people to experience extreme stress, or even shock. Sometimes the nervous system does not recover fully from these extreme events and becomes "stuck, " causing various debilitating symptoms such as agitation, hyper-vigilance, insomnia and nightmares, overwhelming guilt or shame, angry outbursts, and flashbacks. Veterans may be entitled to disability payments from the VA for PTSD stemming from their time in service. Military sexual trauma can also cause PTSD.
- Traumatic Injuries As Well As Chronic and/or Rare Conditions
- Any non-congenital medical condition may be service-connected. If the condition is disabling, the veteran may be entitled to benefits. Those principles should apply no matter what the injury or condition is, whether it is Traumatic Brain Injury, cardiovascular or orthopedic disabilities, or rare medical conditions.
- VA Medical Malpractice Claims
- The Veterans Health Administration is the country’s largest integrated health care system, providing care to approximately 9 million former service members at nearly 1,300 facilities. Although the VA can be a vital provider of care, especially for lower-income veterans who may not be able to afford private healthcare services, the standards are not always as high as they should be. Experienced medical malpractice attorneys who are familiar with the VA system can help patients receive compensation for negligent care by a VA physician.