Prior to our founding in 2004, Mr. Bergmann was an appellate litigator in VA’s Office of the General Counsel in Washington, DC. He currently supervises the firm’s appellate practice and has successfully represented more than 3,000 Veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
He served as the president of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association from 2010-2011, and served on its Board of Governors from 2009 to 2012. He was also a member of the Court’s Rules Advisory Committee, and continues to serve on the Court’s Admission and Practice Committee. He is a frequent lecturer on Veterans’ law issues involving disability claims before Veteran Service Organizations, and testified before Congress representing one of his clients with a claim appeal.
He graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 1994, with a double major in History and German, and Indiana University School of Law in 1999. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland (1999) and the District of Columbia (2000). He currently practices before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2001) and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2005).
Founded in 2004
Since our founding 14 years ago, Bergmann & Moore has grown to become one of the largest law firms in the country focusing solely on Veterans’ disability benefit claim appeals. Our team of attorneys bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of Veterans’ law to clients nationwide. They have helped thousands of Veterans and their families in all 50 states and around the world successfully navigate the complicated claims process at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Representation at All Levels
Bergmann & Moore is managed by former VA litigators who know the system well. We offer representation at all levels of VA’s claim appeals process: Regional Offices, Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board), U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Peace of Mind
Bergmann & Moore offers our clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing we have the resources and expertise to stand with you until you get what you deserve. Veterans and their loved ones are always welcome to call Bergmann & Moore for a FREE consultation of their case. Our intake coordinators can answer questions, help figure out next steps, or offer additional resources.
Prior to our founding in 2004, Mr. Moore worked as an attorney for VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) in Washington, DC. Mr. Moore personally represents and oversees the work done on behalf of every Bergmann & Moore client with a case before a VA Regional Office or the Board.
Since 2007, he has served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA), a non-profit association of more than 600 attorneys who represent Veterans, where he currently serves as Vice President. Mr. Moore has presented on numerous topics related to VA law over the years. He is often called to meet with decision-makers in Congress and VA regarding Veterans’ benefits issues.
He graduated from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1992 with a double major in English and Theology, and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1995. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland (1996).
Agent Orange Exposure
One specific disease, Glioblastoma Multiforme, is a type of malignant brain tumor, often found in veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during service. However, VA has not yet acknowledged that these tumors are due to Agent Orange exposure and therefore they are not on VA’s presumptive list. Sadly, when a veteran passes away from a non-presumptive condition such as Glioblastoma, their surviving spouse is often unable to obtain benefits on their own.
Burn Pit Exposure
Bergmann & Moore recognizes that many veterans from the Gulf War era, Operating Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND), and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) may have been exposed to hazardous materials that were burned as a form of waste management.
The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) provides Veterans with five options on what to do when you receive a Board denial. In our experience there is only ONE reasonable option—appeal the BVA decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals to Veterans Claims (CAVC).
Dependency and Indemnity Claims
In the event a veteran passes away, their surviving family members may be entitled to benefits from the VA. Most commonly, this would be the Veteran’s surviving spouse. In order to qualify for DIC benefits, the surviving spouse must show that the Veteran died from a condition or illness related to the veteran’s military service. In some cases, veterans may have already been service connected for the condition that caused their death. In other cases, the surviving spouse is required to prove that the cause of death, if not already service-connected, was due to the veteran’s service.
Even veterans who aren’t rated 100-percent disabled may be eligible to be paid at the 100-percent monetary rate. VA awards individual unemployability, often referred to as total disability for individual unemployability (TDIU), when a veteran’s service connected conditions prohibit him or her from maintaining gainful employment. This benefit is separate from Social Security Disability Income.
Military Sexual Trauma
Military sexual assaults occur with both men and women and often go unreported. Many Veterans believe they do not qualify for Veterans’ benefits for military sexual trauma if they did not report the assault when it happened, but that is not true. There is no time limit for a Veteran to file a claim for a military sexual trauma, even if it is decades later.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), also referred to as posttraumatic stress or posttraumatic stress syndrome, is caused by experiencing a traumatic event. Even though the event has passed, many people continue to experience symptoms for months or even years afterward.
Once VA grants service connection for a disability, they then assign a rating based on the severity of the condition. The rating assigned correlates with a monetary amount to be paid monthly. In most cases, the veteran is compensated retroactively back to the effective date of the claim. This means that VA must pay the monthly amount for the disability for each month the claim was open, usually awarded in a lump sum, in addition to the monthly benefits going forward.
Veterans who were injured while in the military, or who aggravated those injuries while in the military, may be eligible for disability compensation. In some cases, compensation claims injuries are immediately obvious, such as when a service member is physically injured while on active duty. Other times, veterans don’t experience symptoms until many years after service, such as in the form of a mental health condition or cancer due to exposure of hazardous materials like Agent Orange, Burn Pits, or Asbestos.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
If a veteran sustains a head injury or full body injury during their military service, there may be longstanding effects known as residuals of a traumatic brain injury. Many veterans are unaware that they’ve even sustained a TBI because they didn’t lose consciousness during the event. Anything from a mild concussion to being thrown in an explosion may constitute a TBI.