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The Strategic Use of Medical Experts in VA Compensation Cases

Produced on November 12, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 5m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Veterans

Course Description

Disabled veterans face an uphill battle in obtaining service connection for their service-related injuries. To win these cases requires a critical understanding of veterans affairs (VA) law and the strategic use of medical experts. Although the VA has a duty to assist that often requires it to provide medical exams for claimants, these VA exams often serve as a predicate for a denial of benefits. In this course, presented by experienced veterans’ benefits practitioner Eric Gang, you will learn how to effectively use medical experts in VA compensation cases in order to win your client’s case.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key aspects of veterans’ benefits law that you must know to win service connection
  2. Discuss what constitutes a winning case theory and how you can decide on this theory to win your client’s case
  3. Determine when medical experts are needed, how to know which expert to hire, and what your expert’s report must contain to be considered acceptable by the VA
  4. Explore how to choose and hire experts
  5. Know what to do when the VA has an unfavorable medical opinion
  6. Review how to present your case to the expert and how to cultivate a relationship with that expert for future cases
  7. Develop best practices for paying for the expert and strategies for keeping costs down

Credit Information

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Eric Gang

Gang & Associates, LLC

Eric has been in the private practice of law since 1998. He is the founding member of Gang & Associates, LLC, Veterans Disability Lawyers, a law firm that represents veterans worldwide in their appeals for VA disability benefits. He maintains offices in New York City and New Jersey. 

Eric graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law (Newark, New Jersey), where he served on the Legislative Law Journal. 

Eric is licensed to practice law in all New Jersey state courts; the Federal District Court, District of New Jersey; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In addition, Eric is an accredited representative with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Eric’s past and current affiliations include membership in the National Organization of Veterans Advocates, the CAVC Bar Association, the Veterans and Military sections of the Federal Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Eric has also served as a member of the American Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. 

Eric is a frequent speaker and lecturer in the area of veterans’ disability law. He is a faculty member at LawLine.com, where he teaches continuing legal education courses in the area of veterans’ disability law. In addition, Eric is also a lecturer for the National Business Institute (NBI), a national provider of continuing education services, where he teaches about veterans’ issues. He has lectured for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and is a contributor on veterans’ issues for WRNJ radio. 

He has co-authored two books published by NBI on veterans’ benefits and funding long-term care. His published work has also appeared in The Federal Lawyer magazine, and his work for veterans has been mentioned in media outlets across the country.

Eric is the founder and executive director of the Disabled Veterans Resource Center, Inc., a nonprofit veterans’ advocacy group.


Elizabeth Tracy C.

Excellent! One of the best and most helpful CLEs I've taken thus far. Thank you for helping our Vets!

Shawn S.


John B.

Great course.

Samantha T.

Really interesting and enjoyed this course!

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