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The team at Cannon Disability Law works with you to win the benefits you deserve.

Social Security Disability & the Cannon Disability Legal Team

Social Security disability benefits are available if you cannot work for over one year. Do you have a disabling condition? Are you wondering how to apply  for SSDI or SSI benefits? Did the SSA deny your claim? Are you even eligible for Social Security benefits?

Don’t worry, we can help. You can contact a Social Security Disability attorney for free. Also, you can hire our firm without paying upfront fees. We work on contingency fees basis. Therefore, you will only pay an attorney fee if we win your disability benefits. Likewise, if we do not win your case, you will owe no attorney fee.

At Cannon Disability Law, our Salt Lake City Social Security Disability lawyers have won over 20,000 disability cases. Also, we have won over $100 million in past-due and ongoing benefits for our clients. If you have a disabling condition that prevents you from working for over 12 months, then we can help you with your case. Helping people with disabilities is what we do.


We win benefits for our clients who have physical disabilities. However, you must meet SSA’s criteria to be eligible for benefits. You can also win by “equalling” their criteria. Or, you can win by proving your residual functional capacity prevents you from working. Below you will find some of the main physical impairments that are disabling.


Our law firm can also help you win SSD or SSI benefits for a mental disability. However, your mental condition must prevent you from working for more than one year. You may have one mental impairment or a combination of conditions. Either way, we can help you win your case. Disability benefits are available for many  mental health disorders, including:


Our SSDI attorneys want to help you win your disability claim. Cannon Disability represents clients throughout the Western United States. We have offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also, we 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 don’t understand why the SSA denies their claim. But, the SSA denies over 70% of applications. This makes most people realize they need to hire an attorney in order to win 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 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 win 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. We deal with SSA offices in Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, and 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. Learn more about your disability hearing here.


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 representatives have practiced disability law for 30 years. This gives us 60 years of combined legal experience 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. These benefits are an entitlement. They are not a government handout. You are only eligible for monthly disability benefits 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 experience a disability and can no longer work.

Your benefits are tied to the day you apply. Social Security Disability benefits have a six month waiting period before benefits begin to pay. The six month waiting period applies to everyone. And, it doesn’t start until you file your application. SSI benefits, on the other hand, can start on the date of application.

Past due SSD benefits can pay out one year prior to the date of application. You can receive past due benefits, as long as you were not working due to your disability. Learn more about past due benefits here.

If you are applying for SSI benefits, your entitlement to SSI benefits begins the day you apply. This is true even if your disability began prior to that date. Therefore, every day you wait to apply is a day you are losing SSDI and SSI benefits.


Applying is easy. 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.

Cannon Disability can help file your disability application. Also, we can help you navigate the stages of appeal during the disability process. That way, you can focus on your health and the changes in your life.


Here is a list of the many things our attorneys and specialists do for you:

If you file your application for disability benefits online at Social Security’s website, then you only have 6 months to complete the application. Additionally, once you receive a denial from the SSA, you only have 60 days to appeal any unfavorable decision from the SSA. You must not fail to meet the deadlines set by the SSA. We won’t let that happen.


Of course, we recommend applying for benefits with the help of your disability lawyer. Even though the SSA denies 70% of all claims, we still win the majority of our cases. We win SSD & SSI cases because we know the law.  Also, we know what medical evidence the SSA needs to grant your ongoing disability benefits. Additionally, our 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 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.

Social Security Disability attorneys at cannon disability law


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 period of sobriety, were your mental  or physical conditions preventing you from working? If so, then your drug or alcohol addiction is not your main impairment.

    However, if the SSA finds that substance abuse is your main impairment, they will deny your case. They will state your addiction is “material” to a finding of disability. This means you will not win benefits. You will not be eligible because the SSA will not pay benefits for drug or alcohol addiction. Find out more about how substance abuse effects your claim here.

  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 show you have a disabling impairment. If you do not submit your medical records to the SSA, then you will not receive benefits. Likewise, if you fail to attend the consultative examination, then your case will be denied. You must attend the SSA consultative examination. These examinations are free to you. Additionally, they provide valuable information about your disability to the SSA. If you miss the appointment or refuse to go to the exam, 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 are not eligible for benefits. For example, the non-union of a femur bone that makes it impossible to walk without crutches is normally a disability. However, if you broke your leg while committing a crime, then you are not eligible for benefits. Even if your leg impairment lasts for over a year, you are not eligible for benefits because your disability began while committing a felony.

    Even if you meet one of SSA’s listings, you will not receive benefits because you were committing a felony. The same is true if your disability became worse while you were in jail or prison.

    Likewise, if you intentionally orphaned or widowed yourself to receive benefits, then you will not be eligible. You make yourself ineligible for benefits if you violate probation or parole. Additionally, if you are in jail or prison you cannot receive SSI benefits.

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

    The SSA can prosecute you if you make fraudulent statements on your disability application. Do not lie about anything when you submit your application. The SSA may investigate your 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 longer than 12 months. If you were in a car accident, for example, you may have an injury that will heal within 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 within 12 months. Then, they deny the case.

    Typically, this kind of statement is conjecture on the SSA’s part. However, if you try to claim benefits for a broken arm, you will lose your case. Because, a broken arm usually heals 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 your disability case. Call now. Or, contact us on this website. We will evaluate your 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. Also, we need the same for your psychologist and counselor. Please tell us if you have already applied for benefits.

It doesn’t cost anything for us to evaluate your case. We offer a free consultation. Most importantly, if we take your case, you do not need to pay an attorney fee upfront. Additionally, we can represent you wherever 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 winning your benefits. This is 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. Also, the fee has a maximum fee cap. Currently, that cap is $6000. However, in November 2022, the SSA is raising the fee cap to $7200. This means the attorney fee is either 25% of your back benefit or $6000, whichever is less. After November 2022, the fee cap will be $7200.

To learn more about our attorney’s fees, 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 disabilities, then you are eligible for benefits.

You paid for disability benefits by working. Now you need your benefits. Disability is what they are there for. Call now. Hire us to be your disability legal team. If we win your case, then you will have financial security for you and your family. 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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