Livonia Mi, Michigan ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Livonia Mi, Michigan, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Livonia Mi, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.5 months. The average case processing time in Livonia Mi is 482 days.The Livonia Mi average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 52%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Livonia Mi ODAR office was last updated on 5/19/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Livonia Mi 12 14.5 months 482 days 2.1 16% 52% 32%
Michigan15.6 months484 days1.917%49%34%
National Average:15.9 months510 days1.920%44%37%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 14.50 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.08
Average Processing Time 482 days
Cases Pending 5906
Dispositions 3536
New Cases 2808
Hearings In Person 88%
Video Hearings 12%

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Judge: Ramona L Fernandez
4/10/2016 9:53:01 AM



This judge completely over look dds doctors. Lansing mi that said i was totally disable and unable to work 5 month ago .this judge turn me down. base on a doctor in the year 2014. That said i could do light work.with my heart failure. Carotid artherosclerosis. Nonischemic cardiomyopthy hypertension. Degenerative dics disease. 0 rating...


Judge: Ramona L Fernandez
4/7/2016 9:18:16 PM



After 35 years of service and hard work. I am made to go to work with a bad back and a weak heart .heart failure can kill. Please be please don t do this to someone else. Thank you.

Rhonda Wiley
Judge: Patrick J MacLean
4/6/2016 6:44:33 PM



Very nice laidback judge. Approved for partially. Changed onset date. But I did wish to get a fully favorable. But still blessed and grateful.

S.C
Judge: Ramona L Fernandez
2/4/2016 3:41:15 PM



I have just received a fully favorable decision from Judge Fernandez two weeks after appearing in front of her at my hearing. She is very understanding and will listen to you carefully. Just be very honest with her.


Judge: Ramona L Fernandez
8/25/2015 2:05:02 PM



I have received a Fully Favorable decision from this Judge within three weeks of appearing in front of her. She is very considerate and asks questions to help her better understand your condition. Tell the truth. Be honest and complete in your answers and you will have nothing to fear. She is fair and just. I am very grateful for the time and consideration she gave me


Judge: Henry Perez
8/19/2015 9:32:27 AM



A very fair judge. He asked detailed questions and listened to additional facts given by my attorney and myself.

Shelley hintta
Judge: Thomas L Walters
7/13/2015 8:15:40 PM



Judge Thomas Walters was very kind and compassionate towards me and my disability. I have been trying since 1999, with a lawyer every time and every time i get no good news. I got my approval letter today and nearly cried when i saw that he was on my side.

Sharon Diva
Judge: John Dodson
6/5/2015 9:47:05 PM



Judge Dodson is not a fair judge and he covered-up corruption of Field Office workers and the Payment Center who falsely accused an ex-con of receiving money while in prison. The ex-con was not at fault for the $34,000 overpayment because his master benefits record said his benefits were suspended during the incarceration period. Although Mr. Dodson had the ex-con's file before him, he chose to overlook the master benefits record, and deliberately found the ex-con "at fault" for creating a $34,000 overpayment.


Judge: Anthony R Smereka
5/15/2015 4:43:52 PM



TY Judge Smereka for really listening to my sons case. It was a pleasure. God Bless you!!!


Judge: Karen Sayon
4/21/2015 4:41:47 PM



Very Poor.

Rena. Turner
Judge: John Dodson
4/14/2015 3:13:53 PM



judge Dodson I want to thank you so very much,you are a real,fair, and caring judge for people like me,that made a honest mistake,I want to thank you again sir,for looking beyond my fault and seeing that I was telling the truth,if the world had more people like you in it it would be a better placeπŸ™‹πŸ™‹πŸ™‹.

Keith C Montgomery
Judge: Cheryl M Rini
3/10/2015 10:01:18 AM



Carefully prepared on my medical records , listen to me like she cared ,didn't make me feel like just another number , Anyone that gets her as their Judge feel Bless , Thank You Judge Cheryl Rini, And Bless you .

Cesare
Judge: Kyle E Andeer
2/28/2015 3:10:52 PM



How long did it take before you hear back from the hearing office? Were you approved? Thanks.


Judge: Cheryl M Rini
12/15/2014 2:48:01 PM





Jimmy
Judge: Thomas L Walters
12/2/2014 10:44:17 AM



I con not believe that social security has not tried to start having case workers Fromm ssd come to my home to see what my life as become do to my disability they could come see every six months to check and see for them selfes . I fell in 1999 and broke my back and had 4 titanium cages put in and was not able to work I won ssd in 2003 and was unable to work after 3 yrs I would slowly try and pick jobs and ask favors from my union to help me get back. there is far more to working than just a pay check I would work off and on until 2007 and then went full part time by that I maen that I made so much money when I did work that did not need ssd.BUT I TORE MY BODY APART My KNEE WERE COMPENSATING FOR MY BACK IN HAD MULTI SURGERYS ON MY KNEES ONLY TO BE CRIPPLED NOW BOTH KNEES NEED TO BE REPLCACED.had partial on left knee that did not work applied for ssd in 2012 turned down hired Ron miles he did nothing no medical records for judge who I seen on sept 15 2014 it is now it is dec 2 2014 just got email from Ron was denied I have to take 100 mil morphine three time aday and lyrica 150 mil once I also take depressing meds who will hire me can't even walk from one side of my house to the other yet WAS DENIED AFTER THREE YEARS OF FIGHTING, so sad DO NOT HIRE RON MILES


Judge: Anthony R Smereka
10/15/2014 8:52:50 AM



This judge acts like he knows it all, but he's very ignorant. He doesn't bother to take the time to review all of your case notes. He's a very unprepared judge and unfortunately it hurts you and he doesn't care.

emmett harris
Judge: Anthony R Smereka
8/26/2014 8:48:50 PM



I had my ssdi hearing on June 19 and was asked to change my onset date my lawyer said that he found a specific date that proves my disabilities and August 13 I got my approval letter I'm very grateful for his decision and understanding of my case

amy
Judge: Thomas L Walters
8/7/2014 9:16:02 AM



Awesome Judge. He is fair, kind, compassionate and really understands people. He allowed me to elaborate on the struggles I am going through. We need more people like him in judicial positions.

rhonda
Judge: Thomas L Walters
6/8/2014 4:30:17 PM



I had this judge in 1996 i received a favorable decision from him. He was very pleasent and polite. He understood that the pain i had was present 5 days out of 7. We laughed and talked about how being able to receive ssdi helps to releive the stress on a family. Wish he was back on the bench in detroit. I went back to work in 2003 after my husband abandon me and our children. I worked until 2010 and was unable to take the pain. so now i have been fighting since 2011 and have been denied over and over again.


Judge: Mary S Connolly
6/6/2014 7:11:47 AM



Was curious to see how long it took you guys to get your decision

Blessing. A
Judge: Anthony R Smereka
5/20/2014 9:07:20 AM



Judge Anthony Smereka You are the greatest. Thanks for your humbleness, listening aptitude, and great analytical insight. Thank you for your human feeling. Keep up with the good job. God bless you.


Judge: Kyle E Andeer
4/28/2014 6:38:17 PM



Andeer seems to have a good professional relationship with his assistant and the VE. I just had my hearing and my attorney said it can go either way. I now wait impatiently and pray for a positive outcome in a timely manner. All in all, it was uncomfortable, as anticipated, but not unpleasant.

Dorin Furman
Judge: Mary S Connolly
4/21/2014 11:40:05 AM



I am writing this due to your deniel decision on my case in 2013. You denied my case for several reasons, my main issue is that I had a " SSD" case going for 6-7 yrs which at the time my lawyer stated my DLI expired 12/2010, the soc sec office & judge mary s Connolly also stated I didn't have enough work credits, I was also told I had a "SSI" case pending at the same time, which at that time I couldn't possibly have qualified for SSI because I had too much income, How on earth could I have ANY case going under ssd when soc sec says 1 thing not enough credits & my attorney says dli expired,I need answers!!! You also denied me & dis-credited 5 different specialty dr's showing my medical issue's. This is RIDICULOUS esp when you approved many I know that are abusing the system, ARE WORKING CASH JOBS & DRIVING NEW CARS!!!! Now as it stands my case is suppose to go b4 the US court of appeals which no lawyer will take & start a new SSI case. Judge Mary s Connolly did NOT one time LOOK AT ME during the hearing, My situation needs to be under investigation as Soc Sec told me that it could not be legal the way my case was handled. I am now HOMELESS, DESTITUTE, & HAVE NO TRANSPORTATION! This judge made a BAD wrong decision in regards to me!!!!!!!!!!

Heather Bilderbeck
Judge: Martha M Gasparovich
4/3/2014 4:52:49 AM



I tend to agree with the other comments. I of course had a different case. At first I blamed my lawyer, which I still do, but I also am dissatisfied with the judge. When I left the hearing, the judge had used my exact symptoms and needs and completely. Zeroed out any jobs from the Employment Expert. Yet on my letter from her she listed. Three jobs, with which I can not do, and two of them had YouTube video's so I can absolutely say I can not do. Which I made sure to put in my letter to the appeals council. I have multiple diseases, COPD with Emphysema in both lungs, as well as a neuropathy that causes me to lose my sight and feel like something is crushing my spine, my neurologist suspects MS but that takes a long time to diagnose. I also am bipolar, have major depressive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, and have been told by my Dr. I'm not going to live to see 50, and I wont see 40 if I don't quit smoking. And she used that against me as if I want to die. I'm trying to quit smoking, if anyone checks the stats its freaking hard to quit. And I can't take chanticleer because of my mental disease. It causes intrusive thought on people with just depression, my Dr. Said absolutely not. I worked since I was old enough to work, went to college, everything I could and I've been fighting illness the whole time. I don't want to be disabled., but I am. When you can't do your dishes without crushing feeling in your spine making you stop within the first five minutes your done. And my mental is done, I've been raped, lost a baby, my dad hung himself, those are all on paper execpt the rape, but its on paper with my therapist. I been beat nearly killed. Nearly killed by a dealer because my heroin addict dad ripped him off, had the gun to my head. Ok I gotta stop. How much more do you want, I had my first nervous breakdown at sixteen. I'm thirty and told I'm dieing on top of everything else, I can't do anymore. I hope she reads these.


Judge: Martha M Gasparovich
3/4/2014 11:52:29 AM



I feel this Judge has little knowledge of the impact of symptoms of claimants with mental illness. Apparently she is a body language expert and used my lack of attention and eye contact to say I was not credible, with no proof, she made the assumption I was currently an alcoholic, which I don't even drink, and over looked medical evidence and gave little to no weight to my RFC's. She used the fact that my treating physicians note that I am "pleasant" while in office against me, and also the fact that I can get along with my family. Im Very disheartened by the experience and feel bad for anyone young, who doesn't go before her drooling and unable to move.


Judge: Ramona L Fernandez
2/13/2014 11:56:28 AM



she is a very fair judge she gives you a great turnout thank you so much

marydelacruz adams
Judge: Thomas L Walters
12/7/2013 2:57:02 PM



I appeared before this judge September 30,2013 he was polite and attentive wasn't rude at all. He seems like a very fair judge and even though it's been over 60 days I'm still waiting on my decision. I hope and pray that he decided in my favor I haven't worked in 4 years due to my severe condition.

APL
Judge: B. L Blair
11/13/2013 6:07:19 PM



Thank you for being a very fair judge and taking your time to listen to my case. I am very happy with the outcome.

Mike Durrant
Judge: B. L Blair
10/24/2013 6:53:12 AM



Judge Blair, was very fair, and listened intently, asked only pertinent questions and was very quick, thanks for being fair!


Judge: Richard L Sasena
10/21/2013 2:22:13 PM



Sasena's alright. If you have a decent case and you have a complete medical record, he'll treat you okay.

v. bank
Judge: Anthony R Smereka
9/16/2013 9:47:16 AM



Thank you Judge Smerka, It was a pleasure to have you hear my case.

Shayne 8/15/13
Judge: Mary S Connolly
9/14/2013 5:19:39 PM



Thank you Mary Connolly for Listening To me and understanding me You were very down to earth And have help me very much in life By your judgement...THANK YOU...


Judge: Dennis M Matulewicz
5/9/2013 7:25:22 AM



One of the most fair and kind ALJs in the SSA system. He is always respectful of clients and representatives/attorneys. He is well versed in the file prior to the hearing and allows wide latitude for the client to present his/her case. He listens to the testimony and makes rational decisions.

Keshawn Thompson
Judge: B. L Blair
4/26/2013 6:12:40 AM



Very nice and understanding and really listens to you.


Judge: Ramona L Fernandez
3/22/2013 9:43:59 AM





going for joe
Judge: Henry Perez
3/19/2013 2:17:27 PM



Very good judge. Had hearing today. No outcome yet but he made the process very smooth, and was reassuring.


Judge: Patrick J MacLean
1/7/2013 3:10:11 PM



My husband said that this judge was a respectable judge, and compassionate, yet very firm. He would have given him a great rating.


Judge: John Dodson
11/20/2012 1:50:40 PM



great man

DAWN TAYLOR
Judge: John Dodson
11/15/2012 1:14:45 PM



NOT ONLY DOES JUDGE DODSON SHOW COMPASSION AND EMPATHY HE SEEMS TRULY CONCERNED ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL. I AM TRULY APPRECIATIVE OF A PERSON THAT ACTUALLY READS , REVIEWS AND ACKNOWLEDGES EACH GIVEN SITUATION. THANK YOU AGAIN YOUR HONOR.


Judge: John Dodson
10/5/2012 10:10:17 AM



Judge John Dodson is a great one. He is clear and fair. I would approve him again and again.

DDJ
Judge: Mary S Connolly
7/19/2012 9:55:18 PM



Ms. Connolly is a great judge. She listened to me as if she knew me & wasn't quick to judge me. I felt very comfortable explaining my disabilities & ailments to her. My hearing was a very emotional time for me & i felt as if she could feel my pain. I am a Air Force Veteran & very unfortunatly I became disabled in 2010 at the young age of 22. I was a victim of a assault with a knife & was shot.. I give BIG THANKS to Ms. Connolly for supporting her Veterans'

M_M_C
Judge: Mary S Connolly
7/18/2012 8:58:02 AM



I had a hearing in front of this judge this spring. The only reason I am not giving her more stars is that she saw something in my records that was from many years ago and decided that I needed a Representative Payee even though my disability is physical and has absolutely no impact on my mental faculties. It's not that big of a deal, but she named the person to be my payee even though the person was not in the hearing, she had not met him, and knew nothing about him other than one answer I gave in the hearing acknowledging that this person had been helping me out with paying for my doctors visits while this process played out. Other than that, she was kind & courteous in the hearing and accepted the VE's opinion without so much as a followup question.


Judge: Anthony R Smereka
7/1/2012 12:32:58 PM



I WENT IN FRONT OF THIS JUDGE AND KNOWING HE WAS LOW APPROVING, STILL HOPED FOR A FAIR HEARING. HE DISREGARDED DOCTORS NOTES, EVEN SSA DOCTOR AND ARGUED WITH THE VE.HAD HIS MIND MADE UP BEFORE WE WALKED IN.PUT HIS OWN OPINION IN AS FAR AS MEDICAL ISSUES.SORRY DID NOT SEE HIS MEDICAL LICENSE HANGING ANYWHERE.I WONDER IS HE TAKING IT OUT ON THE DISABLED BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN REPRIMANDED AND FINED BY THE STATE FOR ABANDONING CLIENTS,NOT FILING PAPERS, ETC.ETC.ETC.UNLESS THEY WHEEL YOU IN ON YOUR HOSPICE BED,AND HE WOULD STILL PROBLY CHANGE YOUR ONSET DATE. I WOULD SAY IF YOU FIND OUT HE IS YOUR JUDGE THEN JUST WALK OUT THE DOOR.HE DOES NOT EVEN TRY TO BE POLITE AND MAKES YOU VERY UNEASY.VERY DISAPOINTED.


Judge: John J Rabaut
6/22/2012 11:20:12 PM



I requested that Judge Rabaut recuse himself from my client's case. He called and berated me for requesting the personal appearance of the CE, which is allowed by law. I told him that he was acting inappropriately and requested on the phone that he recuse himself, which he verbally denied. So, then I wrote a letter requesting he recuse himself and submitted the letter via Electronic Records Express. I asked in my letter that he never call me again and that he instead send me any communications via writing.


Judge: Karen Sayon
6/3/2012 11:58:32 AM



Excellent Judge. Got to core issue quickly and effectively.

National Whistleblower Allen Carlton
Judge: Henry Perez
5/20/2012 8:34:46 PM



American Holocaust Perpetraitor Henry Perez Jr. was selected to handled or mishandled my EEOC complaints against the USPS (Collusion / Murderbyproxy). see USSC 99-565 & supplement The American Holocaust - Violence in the Workplace Wake up and smell the Agent Orange. Congress has made the National Goal reduce govt (we the people) and govt spending (liabilities, expenses). Mission being accomplished. American Holocaust Perpetraitors in the guise of Congress continue to abuse power and obstruct justice as a cure for the death fix it. Sabotaging the enforcement of the laws of the United States Constitution. Congressional perpetraitors continue to terrorist Americans with valid legal complains against actions or lack of actions by government officials (Federal, State, and local). The terrorism consist of coercion, collusion, corruption, subterfuge, subversion, sabatoge etc. Terminal Injustice. Terrorism begets terrorism. Again the mission is being accomplished. The total destruction of entire American families for personal gain - The American Holocaust / population control / murderbyproxy. I have provided proof and evidence to the proper official in USSC 99-565 & supplement. YHVH solution is the Peoples Righteous Kill Defense [PRKD] Mongoose Protocol-scribd


Judge: Mary S Connolly
3/22/2012 11:16:41 PM



GREAT JOB! KEEP SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS'


Judge: Mary S Connolly
3/15/2012 12:12:09 PM



YOU'RE A GREAT JUDGE!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!