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Social Security Disability & the Cannon Disability Legal Team

Social Security disability benefits are available to you if you cannot work for at least one year. Do you have a physical or mental condition that keeps you from working? Are you wondering how to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits? Did the SSA deny your claim? What is your chance for getting paid Social Security benefits?

Don’t worry, we can answer your questions.

You can contact our Social Security attorneys for free. Also, you can hire our firm without paying any upfront attorney fees. You only pay if we win your case. Therefore, you will only pay an attorney fee if we win your SSDI and SSI benefits. Likewise, if we do not win your benefits, then you will owe no attorney fee.

At Cannon Disability Law, our Salt Lake City Social Security lawyers have won over 20,000 SSD cases. Also, in 30 years we have won over $100 million in past due and ongoing Social Security benefits for our clients. You are three times more likely to win your benefits if you hire an attorney. However, that only applies if the attorney your hire has the proper legal experience.

If you have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from working for over 12 months, then we can help you win your benefits. Helping people win Social Security benefits is the only kind of law we practice.


Below are some of the main physical conditions for which the SSA will pay benefits:


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


Our SSDI attorneys want to help you win your benefits. We represent 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, and California. Utah SSD information is here. Also, we have Nevada benefits information and Idaho SSDI benefit information too.

Most Social Security claims are denied within 3 months of filing for benefits. Most people don’t understand why the SSA denies their claim. However, the SSA denies over 70% of applications. At that point, most people realize they need to hire an attorney to win their Social Security benefits.

Our office is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, we will travel to the city where you live. We will travel to represent you whether you live in Las Vegas, Nevada or San Francisco, California. Find out about Nevada SSDI benefits. Learn more about California SSDI benefits. We also have clients in Boise, Idaho and Denver. Also, learn more information about Colorado SSDI benefits.

When we travel, it is at no cost to you. If we don’t win your SSD and SSI benefits, then you don’t owe an attorney fee. We can help you. Even if you don’t have any money to hire a lawyer. Therefore, you can put our experience to work for you now. You can learn more about our Social Security 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 benefits.  When you hire our legal, 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.

We will be there to guide you through what can be a lengthy, difficult process. Additionally, we will help you complete SSA’s application. We will also help you complete the SSA’s forms.

We can also 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 more about Colorado SSD benefits.

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  judge, you will be ready. You will have the best attorney with you in court. Learn more about your Social Security hearing.


Because we are on this journey with you, our Salt Lake City Social Security 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 SSA’s review process. This includes filing a request for a hearing with an SSA judge.

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

As Social Security legal experts, our Salt Lake City SSD firm has been in business for 30 years. This gives us years of legal experience winning SSD and SSI cases. We know Social Security law.

Therefore, when you hire us, you know you are getting the best SSD and SSI lawyer. Not only do we win in court, we also win 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 ongoing and overdue benefits for our clients. These benefits are not a government handout. You can only be paid SSDI 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 physical or mental condition that prevents you from working.

Your benefits are tied to the day you apply. SSD 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 SSD 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 medical condition. Learn more about past due SSD benefits.

If you file for SSI benefits, then SSI benefits will begin on the day you apply. This is true even if your mental or physical condition 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 lawyer right now, you should still apply for 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 gives you a special number that allows you to come back and finish the application when you are ready. If you simply cannot apply on your own, we can help you complete your application.

We can help file your SSDI and SSI application. Also, we can help you at every appeal stage during the Social Security 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 staff do for you:

If you file your application for SSDI 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 decision from the SSA. You must not fail to appeal within the time 60 day time frame set by the SSA. We won’t let that happen.


Of course, we recommend filing for benefits with the help of your lawyer. Even though the SSA denies 70% of all claims, we still win most 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  benefits. Additionally, our lawyers and staff work with you to build your case. Consider us 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 won 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 our law firm. With our team approach and our years of experience, you can trust us to fight for your benefits. Give us a call and put our legal experience to work for you. You can also contact our law firm online.

Social Security Disability attorneys at cannon disability law


The SSA has a set of specific rules that they follow when looking at your Social Security Disability application. If you fall into any of the following examples, 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 abuse the real reason you aren’t working?     

        If you abuse drugs or alcohol, then the SSA will examine your medical records to see if you are sober. During any period of time when you were not using alcohol or drugs, were your mental or physical conditions keeping you from work? If so, then your problems with drugs or alcohol will not prevent you from winning benefits.

        However, if the SSA finds that drugs or drinking is your main problem, they will deny your case. You will not win benefits because the SSA will not pay benefits if you cannot work because you are taking drugs or drinking. Find out more about how alcohol and drug abuse effects your claim for benefits.

      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 cannot work due a mental or physical condition. If you do not submit your medical records to the SSA, then you will not receive benefits. Likewise, if you fail to attend the doctor exam set by the SSA, then your case will be denied. These exams are free to you. Additionally, they provide valuable information about you 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 stops you from winning Social Security benefits?    

        A criminal legal history does not usually stop you from winning benefits. However, if you are injured during the commission of a felony and your injury causes you to file for benefit, even if you meet SSA’s rules,  you will not receive benefits. For example, if you break your femur bone and it impossible to walk for more than one year, that is normally a condition that the SSA would pay benefits for. However, if you broke your leg during the commission of a felony, then it prevents you from being paid benefits.

        The same is true if your physical or mental condition became worse while you were in jail or prison. You also cannot win benefits if you violate parole. Additionally, if you are in jail or prison you cannot receive SSI benefits.

      4. Did you lie on your application form?    

        The SSA can bring charges against you if you lie on your application. Do not lie about anything when you submit your application. The SSA might investigate you. For example, the SSA may send an employee to observe you at your exam with one of their doctors.

        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 whether or not you were able to concentrate and answer questions. Likewise, they will state whether or not they could see your physical illness. You may not like the SSA’s approach. However, if they think you are lying, then they will investigate you.

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

        In order to receive SSD benefits, your must not be able to work for 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 will not receive benefits. The SSA often states that they think your health will improve prior within 12 months. Then, they deny the case.

        SSA is not always correct. However, if you try to claim benefits for a broken arm, you will lose. Because, a broken arm usually heals within 12 weeks. If you are only off of work for a few weeks or a month, then filing for benefits is not a good choice. SSD and SSI benefits are for people whose mental and physical condition prevents them from working all jobs for over 12 months. However, there are special rules for those who are blind. Learn more here if you are blind and filing for SSDI and SSI benefits.


We can help you with your Social Security benefits. Call now. Or, contact us on this website. We will look at your case for free. When you call, we will need to know some basic information. For example, we will need a list of your employers. Also, please be ready to tell us the names and phone numbers of your doctors. Please tell us if you have already applied for benefits.

It doesn’t cost anything for us to look at your case. We offer a free case review. Also, 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. Learn more about Utah SSD benefit information. Additionally, we represent clients in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. Find out about Nevada SSDI and SSI benefit information. Also, we have Idaho SSD benefit information. Likewise, we have information about California SSD benefits. We also represent clients in Denver and Colorado Springs. You can learn more about Colorado benefit information.


You only pay an attorney fee if we win your case. This means you do not owe an attorney fee until we win your benefits. 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 of $7200. This means the attorney fee will be either 25% of your back benefit or $7200. But, you will pay whatever amount is less.

To learn more about our attorney fees, please visit “What Will It Cost?”  Or, you can read our article “Attorney Fees in SSD Cases,” for more information about what a lawyer costs. Likewise, you can give us a call now. We can answer your questions. If you cannot work because of your physical or mental conditions, then you should win benefits.

You paid for your benefits by working. Now you need them. You deserve financial security. Call now. Hire us to be your 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. Win your Social Security Disability and SSI benefits. Contact us now.

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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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