What do I do if I am denied Social Security Disability? If you were denied Social Security Disability, you need to appeal that denial. In 40 states the next step after your initial denial is called, a request for reconsideration. In 10 states including Pennsylvania, the next step is to request a hearing before the administrative law judge. In the remaining 40 states, if you are denied on the reconsideration then you take the next step of appealing the denial to an administrator of law judge. The biggest mistake that people make is that they do not appeal that initial denial. If you are disabled, you can’t give up, you have to file whatever appeals are necessary and at Berger and Green we will do that for you.