The next thing to do if you’re denied is appeal as soon as possible. At the initial application stage you only have 60 days to file that appeal so you want to make sure that you get that in no matter what.
The first point that I like to emphasize to people is, Social Security Disability is an insurance policy. On your paycheck stub you have the FICA line. Part of that is an insurance premium that gets paid into the government for their disability system. This isn’t a give away. It’s not a handout.