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Cannon Disability – Your Social Security Disability Legal Team

Social Security disability benefits are available if you cannot work due to a disability. Do you have a disabling condition? Are you wondering how you to apply to for SSDI or SSI benefits? Did the SSA deny your disability claim? Are you even eligible for Social Security benefits? Don’t worry, we can help. You can hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney. Contact us for free. You will only pay attorney fees if we win your disability benefits.

At Cannon Disability Law, our Salt Lake City, Utah, Social Security Disability lawyers have successfully represented disability claimants for over 30 years. During that time, we have won over 20,000 SSD and SSI disability cases. If you have a medical or physical condition that prevents you from working for over 12 months, then we want to help you with your disability case. Helping people with disabilities is what we do.


For thirty years, we have been representing clients who have physical disabilities. The SSA has very specific criteria that you must meet to be found eligible for benefits. However, below you will find some of the main physical impairments that can result in disability and prevent you from working.


Our law firm can also help you win SSD or SSI benefits if you have a mental condition that prevents you from working. You may have one mental impairment or a combination of conditions. Either way, we can help you with your case. Disability benefits are available for many different mental health disorders, including:


Our SSDI attorneys want to help you win your Social Security Disability and SSI claim. Our firm represents clients throughout the Western United States. We have offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and we also have an office location in Las Vegas, Nevada. We have clients in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona.

The majority of Social Security Disability claims are denied within 3 months of applying for benefits. Most people are surprised when this happens. But, the SSA denies over 70% of applications. This makes applicants realize they need to hire an attorney for help with their Social Security Disability claim.

Our headquarters is in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, we travel to the cities where our client’s live. We will travel to represent you whether you live in Las Vegas, Nevada or San Francisco, California. Find out about Nevada disability benefits here. Learn more about California disability benefits here. We also have clients in Boise, Idaho and Denver, Colorado.

When we travel, it is at no cost to you. Most importantly, if we don’t win your disability claim, then you don’t owe an attorney fee. We can help you. Even if you don’t have any money to hire a disability lawyer. Therefore, you can put our experience to work for you now. You can learn more about our Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives on our website.


Winning SSD and SSI benefits is not easy.  It is also not a fast process. But, we have the legal experience you need to obtain your disability benefits.  When you hire Cannon Disability Law, our attorneys are with you every step of the way. You are hiring us to be part of your team. Your team includes your family, your doctors, and us as your legal representative.

We will be there to guide you through what can be a lengthy, confusing process. Additionally, we will help you complete SSA’s application and the SSA’s disability report forms. We can also help you submit your forms to the Social Security office in Salt Lake City. Likewise, we can submit medical information for you to any Social Security office, whether it be in Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, or Colorado. Find out about Colorado disability benefits here.

We support you throughout the long wait to appear before a judge. Therefore, when you appear as a witness in your court case before the SSA’s disability judge, you will be ready and you will have your attorney with you in court.


Because we are on this journey with you, our Salt Lake City Social Security Disability attorneys help you file your initial application with the Social Security Administration. We also help you appeal your case. And, we will do so at each step of the disability review process. This includes filing a request for reconsideration and a request for a hearing with an administrative law judge from the SSA.

Also, as part of your team, we help you collect the medical records you need in order to prove disability. We also work with you and your doctors to build a winning case. Because, it is our goal to prove your disability to the SSA.

As Social Security Disability legal experts, our Salt Lake City SSD lawyers, representatives, and paralegals have practiced disability law for 30 years. This gives us 60 years of combined legal experience representing and winning SSD and SSI disability cases. We know Social Security law. Therefore, when you hire us, you know you are choosing the best SSD and SSI lawyer. Not only do we win in court, we also win disability benefits on appeal. Also, hundreds of cases are won by us at the Appeals Council and in Federal Court.


We have won over $100 million in past-due benefits for our clients. This money is disability benefits that our clients are entitled to after years of hard work. Social Security Disability benefits are not welfare. Instead, they are benefits that you pay for by working and paying taxes. The SSA puts aside those benefits for every person who works. They do this in case you ever experience a disability and can no longer work.

What you may not know is that your benefits are tied to the day you apply. With SSD benefits, there is a six month waiting period to begin benefits. The six month waiting period applies to everyone. And, it doesn’t start until you file your application.

However, you can get back benefits one year prior to the date of application, as long as you are not working because of your disability. If you are applying for SSI benefits, your entitlement to SSI benefits begins the day you apply, even if your disability began prior to that date. This means that every day you wait to apply is a day you are losing SSDI and SSI benefits.


Applying is easy to do. Even if you don’t want to hire an SSD and SSI disability lawyer right now, you should still apply for disability benefits. It is simple. Just go to the Social Security website and start an online application.  You can start an application online even if you don’t know all of the information that they ask about on the application. The SSA allows you to get a re-entry number and come back to finish the application when you are ready. If you simply cannot apply on your own, we can help you complete your disability application.


Of course, we recommend applying for benefits with the help of your disability lawyer. Even though the SSA denies 70% of all disability claims, we still win the majority of our cases. We win SSD & SSI cases because we understand the law.  Also, we know what medical evidence the SSA needs to grant your ongoing disability benefits. Additionally, our disability advocates work with you to build your case. Consider us to be part of your team. You need a legal team on your side.

In the past 30 years, our Salt Lake City-based Social Security Disability attorneys have successfully obtained disability benefits for over 20,000 clients. We have also won over $100 million in past-due and ongoing SSDI and SSI benefits for our clients. When you hire an attorney, you want one you can trust. You can trust the advocates at Cannon Disability Law. With our team approach and our years of expertise, you can trust us to fight for your benefits. Give us a call and put our experience to work for you. You can also contact Cannon Disability Law online.

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The SSA has a set of specific rules that they follow when evaluating your Social Security Disability application. If you fall into any of the following categories, it is likely your benefits will be denied. If you have been denied SSD or SSI benefits, then ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Is alcohol or drug addiction the real cause of your inability to work?     

    If you have drug or alcohol addiction, then the SSA will examine your medical records for periods of sobriety. During any periods of sobriety, were your mental problems or physical issues still impacting your ability to work? If so, then your drug or alcohol addiction is not your main impairment. However, if the SSA finds that it is your main impairment, then they will state your addiction is “material” to a finding of disability. This means that you will not be eligible for disability benefits. You will not be eligible because the SSA will not pay benefits to individuals whose disability is due to drug or alcohol addiction.

  2. Did you refuse to cooperate with SSA’s requests in your case?     

    Many people fail to submit their medical records to the SSA. This is a mistake. The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate you have a disabling impairment. If you do not submit your medical records to the SSA, then you will probably not receive benefits. Likewise, if you fail to attend the consultative examination set up for you by the SSA, then your case will be denied. You must attend the SSA consultative examinations. These visits to the doctor do not cost you any money and they provide valuable information about your disability to the SSA. If you miss the appointment or refuse to go to the examination, your case will be denied.

  3. Do you have a legal history that is stopping you from winning Social Security disability benefits?    

    A legal history of prior convictions usually does not stop you from receiving disability benefits. However, if your disability happens during the commission of a felony, then you will not receive benefits. For example, the non-union of a femur bone which makes it impossible to walk without crutches is normally a disability. However, if you broke your leg when you were committing a crime, then you are not eligible for benefits. Even if your leg impairment lasts for over a year, you will not be eligible for benefits because your disability began while committing a felony.

    You may meet the SSA’s rules for disability, but because you were committing a felony when your disability began, you will not receive any disability payments. The same is true if your disability arose or got worse while you were incarcerated in a correctional facility. Likewise, if you intentionally orphaned or widowed yourself in order to receive benefits, then you will not be eligible. The same is true if you violate your probation or parole. Additionally, you cannot receive SSI benefits while you are incarcerated.

  4. Did you make fraudulent statements on your application form?    

    The SSA can prosecute you if you make fraudulent statements on your application for disability benefits. Do not lie about anything when you submit your application to the SSA. The SSA routinely investigates claimant’s allegations. For example, the SSA may send an investigator to observe you at your consultative examination.

    Similarly, they may pretend to be policeman, ring your doorbell, and start asking you questions. They will then write a report about any complaints of pain you made while you were talking to them. They will comment on if you were able to concentrate and answer questions or if they could see your physical disability. You may not like the SSA’s approach. However, if they think your case is fraudulent, then they will investigate you.

  5. Did you receive a Durational Denial from the SSA?     

    In order to receive SSD benefits, your disability must last 12 months or longer or result in death. If you were in a car accident or injured on the job, you may have an impairment that will receive treatment and heal prior to 12 months. If so, you are not eligible for disability benefits. The SSA often states that they think a claimant’s impairment will improve prior to 12 months. Then, they deny the case.

    Typically, this kind of statement has no proof and is just conjecture on the SSA’s part. However, if you are trying to claim disability benefits for a broken arm, chances are good you will lose your case. A broken arm can be set in a cast and heal within 12 weeks. If you are only off of work for a few weeks or a month, then applying for disability benefits is not a good choice. SSD and SSI benefits are for people whose disability prevents them from working all jobs for over 12 months. However, there are special rules for blind applicants. Learn more here if you are blind and applying for disability benefits.


We can help you with our disability case. Call us now at our phone number: (801) 322-2121. Additionally, you can contact us using this website and we will evaluate your SSDI and SSI disability case for free. When you call, we will need to know some basic information about your disability. Also, we will need a list of your employers for your work history report. Please be ready to tell us the names and phone numbers of your doctors, physician assistants, psychologist, and counselor. Also, we will need to know if you have already applied for benefits.

It doesn’t cost anything for us to evaluate your disability case, because we offer a free consultation. Most importantly, if we take your case, you will not need to pay an attorney fee upfront. And, we can represent you where you live. We represent clients in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, St. George, Logan, and small towns throughout Utah. Additionally, we represent clients in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, Boise and Pocatello, Idaho, and San Francisco and Oakland, California. We also represent disability clients in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Payment of your disability attorney fee is based upon you winning your disability benefits. This is called a contingency fee. It means you do not owe an attorney fee until we win your case. If we do not win your case, then you do not owe an attorney fee. Additionally, our attorney fee is not more than 25% of your back benefit when we win your case. Also, the fee is capped at $6000 and must be approved by an SSA judge. So, it is whatever is less between 25% and the fee cap of $6000.

To learn more about our attorney’s fees and how we can help you, please visit “What Will It Cost?”  Or give us a call now. We can answer your questions immediately. If you cannot work because of your physical or mental disability, then you are entitled to the SSD and SSI benefits. You paid for disability benefits when you were working. Call now. Hire us to be your disability legal team. It will mean financial security for you and your family. We want you to join Cannon Disability Law on the road to success in your Social Security Disability case.

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Dianna Cannon

Dianna Cannon


Dianna Cannon has been representing Social Security Disability claimant's for over 27 years. She is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives and an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law where she teaches Disability Law. Read More

Brett Bunkall

Brett Bunkall


Brett Bunkall has practiced Social Security Disability law for the past eight years. During that time he has won hundreds of hearings. Prior to working for Cannon Disability Law, he practiced family law and he is admitted to practice law in both Idaho and Utah. Read More

Dianna Cannon

Dianna Cannon


Dianna Cannon has been representing Social Security Disability claimant's for over 27 years. She is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives and an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law where she teaches Disability Law. Read More

Andria Summers

Andria Summers


Andria Summers has been working with Cannon Disability Law's clients for over 17 years. She is a licensed representative through the Social Security Administration and she is also a paralegal. Ms. Summers has helped thousands of clients obtain their disability benefits... Read More

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