Oak Park, Michigan ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Oak Park, Michigan, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Oak Park, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Oak Park is 513 days.The Oak Park average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 53%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Oak Park ODAR office was last updated on 7/8/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Oak Park 14 16.0 months 513 days 1.8 17% 53% 30%
Michigan15.6 months492 days1.917%49%34%
National Average:16.5 months517 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.78
Average Processing Time 513 days
Cases Pending 7678
Dispositions 3984
New Cases 4462
Hearings In Person 91%
Video Hearings 9%

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Michelle
Judge: David A Mason
7/22/2016 6:12:32 AM



I'm doing this review as I wait for my decision. I met Judge David Mason Jr while waiting for my hearing with my attorney, he walked into our waiting room and informed us that he was running about 10 minutes behind. He had a nice smile and was in great shape. It was nice of him to come out and tell us himself. My 1st memories of my knee defect was at age 9, my 1st surgery at age 12, my next surgery was at age 41. I have been diagnosed with a R Knee Osteochondral Defect, Osteoarthritis, R hip and severe back thigh pain. It is a disease that as you age the knee becomes bone on bone and that's where I'm at, in severe pain when I walk and pain in my back thigh butt area when I sit. The only surgery I was told is a osteochondral allograph transplantation to fill in the large defect, which involves receiving part of a femur from a cadaver, but due to my age it is not recommended and because I'm 45 yrs old I should wait until I'm closer to 50 and hopefully technology will have advanced. I have went to PT around every other week for about 20 months and now I'm able to do the exercises at home and my husband helps with the hands on . I see my medical doctor every 3 months for the last few years and he filled out the forms that SSD requested and from his answers I'm unable to work. I've paid into social security since 1986. I worked very hard for many years to make sure the mortgage was paid and raising my 1 and only child who has became much more then a mother could ever dream of. I'm being treated for anxiety and severe depression along with possible bi polar, I started therapy with a psychiatrist in 2009 and as the years went on, I've tried many different medications. I go to my psychiatrist every 2 months for my medication and have documentation of this, which I'm embarrassed about. After almost 13 years of my FT job I was terminated in 2012 after a return to work of only 7 weeks from my knee surgery, I was having a hard time getting around and it was noticeable, so they found a reason and let me go. That's how I feel about it. In April of 2015 I started to feel suicidal and was put on more medication which has made it even harder to get around, stay awake and concentrate. My Psychiatrist filled out the forms for Social Security stating all of this and from his answers I'm unable to work. When the hearing started the Judge was TOUGH, HARD, and seemed mean, I cried so hard due to the memories of my Mother's death and then the memories of trying to take care of my Father and trying to get him out of his severe depression, plus working, while in severe pain myself all of those years and the realization that here I was in court asking, pleading for disability, I almost got sick. The memories of finding my Father's lifeless body due to suicide in the same spot my Mother died in their home 5 years previous due to cancer was horrific but the ALJ judge showed no remorse for any of my memories or disabilities. He was TOUGH! The ONLY reason I'm giving him 5 stars is due to the FACT that this Judge is For The People of this Country and to know that he treats people like this is a hard thing to swallow but good to know that the system isn't weak, this man-Judge is TOUGH... I just hope he looks at all my documentation and even though I have a ton of medical records, X-rays, MRI's, and regular treatments, exams, and proof from treating doctors this Judge STILL had me go to a Mental and Medical Exam after the hearing. Now I just have to wait for his decision.


Judge: Virginia Herring
7/11/2016 9:52:55 AM



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Jessica Bartos
Judge: John Dodson
7/7/2016 11:45:05 PM



I am grateful Judge Dodson took so much time with me and my case, he really listened to all I had to say, certainly understood my individual situation and clearly has a huge and beautiful heart! I was nervous court would be scary and intimidating, I was scared I wouldn't be able to express what my days are like. Judge Dodson made me feel so comfortable, like talking to a friend. Thank you Honorable Judge Dodson!!!

BobBarkman
Judge: J. William Callahan
5/6/2016 4:31:22 AM



Judge Callahan needs to get a home somewhere nice and retire. It's time to just realize that times have changed and understanding today's skill sets is just not part of his abilities.


Judge: Gregory Holiday
4/27/2016 7:53:46 AM



If anyone has had this judge, what is he like?

jerry
Judge: Yasmin Elias
3/28/2016 4:32:30 PM



Judge yasmin Elias was the judge at my hearing she was very nice and very professional a give here 5 stars


Judge: Patricia S McKay
12/23/2015 8:49:46 AM



judge McKay is very unfair and she does give little credit to evidence that will have your case approved I don't know about her feeling like she's above the law but I know she do that now you know matters in life someone sit on here that 1% of evidence she will use against you to deny your claim she also will switch up your words and say some crazy stuff you ain't never said like for instance she said that I said I don't like taking baths so I don't like being clean or something of that nature which was never true I never say anything like that I don't even remember questions asking about my personal hygiene cuz I definitely am very clean about my hygiene and I am very very very funny about I don't think nobody should run around dirty and nasty so for her to put that in my claims that was also outrageous for her as a judge in the only that she is very kind but just because she's very kind don't mean she will approve your case she's very kind and very restricted to improvement any of her cases as I see she did not every case I have to even talk to attorney who said she shouldn't even be a judge they call her like a no pay that was the funniest thing ever but Mecano pay that's exactly the name that fits her because 90% of the cases that that that don't make no sense is people out here you little any help you definitely is able I'm 25 and have the worst joint pain they have any spaces I was 10 in the pain has got worse got medical findings of rheumatoid arthritis fibromyalgia migraine headaches joint pain all over nonstop excruciating pain literally and this lady spend the night also have anxiety depression and panic attacks but she still denied me I don't believe she should be a judge and someone needs to look into her and all these other judges that's just annoying people based off so how they filled it with a field instead of going based off of what medical leave town and presented to them and explain I feel like some of these judges need to be checked as they need to be brought to justice themselves considering they use that judge in your honor over us in as if they are better or higher in my dear and don't care about the pain that a person is going through on a daily basis don't care that a person is that area in on a daily basis there's no cure for certain diseases and rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia is 1 and they still will deny your case no matter your pain no man in your life no matter if you want a wheelchair cripple then maybe you're right prove you then again she may not does she have all the preponderance of evidence ini her face and still did not you

Tanirra Bostick
Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
10/1/2015 11:39:45 AM



Judge greunburg seen my mom today McNamara building. Her lawyer was late. But the judge was kind, an nice to my mom. As soon as she told me I was honored to have a good judge. Thank you Judge Dawn Greunburg. My name


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.


Judge: Melody Paige
7/21/2015 8:23:11 PM



She treats you like you're a criminal or bad person and denies you even when the appeals council remands your case back to her b/c they feel her denying you was wrong and that you should've been approved. She gets mad and acts like YOU did something to her personally.

Berneathea Robinson
Judge: Timothy C Scallen
6/18/2015 8:38:59 AM



Thank you for hearing my case

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.

Ronald j Ruggero
Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
5/30/2015 6:02:36 AM



Dawn gruenburg is a very good person i had her dad as my lawyer she has help out a lot of people she has a good heart very good judge she would see people do good and she would help you if do good if you ask her

John G
Judge: Yasmin Elias
5/14/2015 10:40:00 AM



She is coming to Tucson.

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 place🙋🙋🙋.


Judge: Patricia S McKay
2/22/2015 12:07:10 PM



After reading everyone's post here about Judge McKay. I really do feel for all of you and know we're you are coming from about her. I have a spouse that has had surgery's and is in constant pain and she has denied The case. They also will bring in a medical advisor that is paid through the government and will rule against you also,even when the proof is there that there is something wrong.


Judge: Jerome B Blum
10/14/2014 6:04:54 PM



After a long two year wait Ive finally had my opportunity to see judge Blum and after reading reviews I was so nervous. Im young with a ton of health issues so nobody can tell me exactly how much I go through. I had a VERY good 12yr job that I quit because I couldnt handle it and Im in the hospital atleast 7 or 8 times a year. Nonetheless Judge Blum sent me to see "disability doctor" so now Im J&J st awaiting a decision. Im so stressed about all of this

Camille
Judge: Melody Paige
9/6/2014 9:34:25 AM



I had commented earlier about Ms. Paige and my comments were accidently deleted. Here is everything. SS needs to check backgrounds of judges like Melody Paige. She has been accused of racial bias, not following law, ignoring medical evidence, manufacturing medical evidence etc…. In my case she used knowledge of my other condition to deny my claim although that was not part of my claim. She wrote her opinion using things not presented into evidence. The fact that I am a black Jew was brought up at trial. I saw the sneer on her face. What does my being Jewish have to do with the trial? She insulted my black husband who had nothing to do with the case. He was there only to support me, his wife. He was sitting quietly in the last row in her courtroom and she went out of her way to address him and insult him, I was in shock. She wrote things in her opinion that my doctors never said and were not verified. I had reached an out of court settlement with GM. Melody Paige destroyed it. Before Ms. Paige came to SS she was a Workers Comp judge for almost two decades and seemed to do as she pleased. SS awarded me benefits on the same claim Melody twisted. Little of the original claim made it in her opinion and what did, she completely twisted. I have proof of her lies. I have copies of everything the court has. I have written a book. Inside my book, I’m going to put in the original documents presented to the court and then place Ms. Paige’s written opinions next to them. She allegedly contracted a serious disease herself. I know my case was postponed because of her getting sick from something. I hope the medicine she has taken has not affected her brain while rendering decisions. Sorry she has a disease but she is affecting other people’s lives. Shortly after she arrived at SS someone tried to get my case reviewed and possibly take away my benefits. I believe she had something to do with it. She seemed to have a need to hurt me. I feel for any minority that gets her as their judge. Thank goodness she is not the final judge. Ms. Paige gave me a lot of stress and I can prove she’s a liar.


Judge: Janet L Alaga-Gadigian
8/12/2014 6:24:12 PM



Janet is a whip smart attorney - the court is lucky to have her. She could have been making big bucks in the corporate world but opted to serve.

APreston
Judge: J. William Callahan
8/4/2014 1:55:45 PM



My son had an appointment this morning with his psychiatries. After so many times that was re-escheduled he was able to go today. Judge Callahan listened to my son's case on July 22 but I don't think he recognizes the tragedy families go through when one of their children can do certains things, like counting with their ability to go places or at least get out of their room. Their unpredictablity can only be tolerated at home. My son tried to work once but, his mental illness is unpredictable. Sometime he is up to the point of being euphoric but sometimes he can't get out of his room. Judge Callahan may never have to stay home from a vacation because their son can't be left alone. We miss birthdays, or holliday gatherings. We can only visit our daughter when our son is able. We have noticed however, that children get attracted to him when he last went to our grandson's bday party, and he had a good time. But those are few and far in between. May the Almighty God help Judge Callahan when he reviews my son's case and may he get the information he needs from experts who want to do good no matter their political affiliations. Can't rate him yet. Can't read his heart, only God can.

david e. abney jr
Judge: Janet L Alaga-Gadigian
6/13/2014 7:44:03 PM



She's awesome she was very fair and nice and understanding I was blessed to have such a woman of her kind as my judge. I pray for her and her family everyday she was in charged of changing my life and she did it thank u soo much may the gud lord bless u and your family..

rhonda
Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
6/8/2014 12:47:22 PM



Hope i get her and she approves me i have been fighting since 2011. and have lost just about everything including my mind. my case was remanded on 4/1/14 from federal court. back to the appeals council for them to send it back to the detroit office for another hearing... i am so tired and stressed.

Amy mason
Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
5/1/2014 11:15:31 AM



I am just leaving a comment about the judge Gruenburg. She was very friendly and kind. I am still waiting on my decision on my son case but she was very helpful and the hearing


Judge: Patricia S McKay
3/19/2014 8:28:28 AM



Judge Name: McKay, Patricia S Rating: 0 Stars Have not worked in 4 years exhausted all my funds lost my house and may lose the house I am living in now 3 knee surgeries need a back surgery she dismissed all my medical info.But said for me to fallow my doctors restrictions.I can not go another 2 years this judge finds a way to deny you.And You can not do anything she is above us she plays GOD.I do not care about myself but my kids .

lisa
Judge: Patricia S McKay
3/17/2014 1:11:29 PM



Judge McKay has such a high denial, I wonder why?... She does not like people or she is just feeling like she has that"power" it is too bad she does not seem very fair to her claimants.Some people only need fair not handouts....I guess you have to come in on your deathbed and she still might deny you....hopefully when they start having the judges report to someone they will see what she does...hopefully she is being fair on all cases.....but her denial rating makes me wonder


Judge: Janet L Alaga-Gadigian
2/12/2014 10:42:56 AM



I went infront of Judge Gadigian for my disability SSN,she is fair,honest and very professional. Judge Gadigian made me feel comfortable while I explained my numerous disabilities. I would like to Thank her and her staff for being FAIR. Once again thank you and God Bless

kelvin
Judge: Dawn M Gruenburg
1/7/2014 8:58:04 PM



Judge Gruenburg saved my family. Through the blessings of God, he allowed this judge to replace the previous one that denied me benefits. I cannot thank her enough for the good deed she has given me and my family. I'm holding back tears wanting to thank her in person or by phone, but I know that she is very busy. I just want to say Dawn Gruenburg; you have did a wonderful thing for me and I will never forget you for it. Thank you so much.

Mike
Judge: Timothy J Christensen
11/21/2013 4:30:47 AM



Judge Christensen in my experience is a very good judge. He made me feel at ease. He bases his decision on all the facts of the case including OBJECTIVE MEDICAL EVIDENCE. The more prepared you or your lawyer are, the easier the process will be.

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.


Judge: Patricia S McKay
11/13/2013 10:11:52 AM



My son is a true qualified person for disability and she denied him because he has a girlfriend and she may help him out financially. Little does she know that she is disabled to.

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: Patricia S McKay
10/21/2013 2:28:19 PM



They don't call her "No Pay McKay" for nothing. The only real upside to her is that she is kind to claimants in the hearing room.

Marie
Judge: Melody Paige
8/13/2013 11:23:28 AM



I went before this Judge & who I've learned she is also a Registered Nurse. She seemed to be very unhappy & on the defense. The few questions that she asked me was not pertaining to my health issues that limit me from working. She ask why I had not considered back surgery...."really?" I too being a nurse, that can make a decent income & survive, why would I not want to work? I've even tried to work a job making 3 times less than what i could normally make. I think her decision was actually made before I even went before her. My Attorney is well known, but did not intervene on any statement she made, also as if he was intimindated by her. Everything routine with these cases. It's so unfair. There are of course so many people that abuse the siystem; but God help those of us who are just thrown in the same corner with those people without a fair view of our health issues. I'm suffering physically, mentally & financially. With 2 denials. What else is left other than....."What, take more pills?" The Bible says that we should all be FAIR & JUST in our dealings. This Judge will reap every unfair case she decided. Why educate yourself only to hurt people & cause them more suffering.


Judge: Melody Paige
5/2/2013 11:44:27 AM



She is definitely rude and disrespecful to my African American clients. She implies they are lying and her demeanor is one of superiority and distrust. Its too bad we have someone like that hearing disability cases. She forgets these claimant's are not criminals.

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



Very nice and understanding and really listens to you.

Tawauna parks
Judge: Patricia S McKay
4/11/2013 12:04:53 PM



I was told she was mean and would deny my daughter case, she was nice but i havent gotten a decision yet but im scared because of her approval rate

Carrie Cleminson
Judge: Timothy C Scallen
3/20/2013 7:40:38 AM



Judge Scallen heard my husband's case yesterday, 3/19/13. He seemed like a very kind man to me, very understanding, patient and fair. We have not yet received our decision, but I believe Judge Scallen knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that my husband is disabled. He made the hearing a lot less scary than we'd anticipated, anyone would be lucky to get Judge Scallen as their ALJ.

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: Jerome B Blum
1/30/2013 6:38:54 PM



This judge denies everyone under the age of 50!!!!


Judge: Jerome B Blum
1/30/2013 6:37:42 PM



I was very ill & the vo tech advisor clearly stated I couldnt work. Turned around and had stroke..


Judge: Michael F Wilenkin
1/14/2013 8:23:46 AM



Tends to make decisions based on personal bias, with little regard for the law. He can also be downright rude


Judge: Patricia S McKay
1/7/2013 1:31:57 PM



Has a history of denying legit claims. If 99% of the evidence is favorable to your case she will use remaining 1% of evidence to deny.


Judge: Patricia S McKay
12/31/2012 8:46:55 PM



In all of my years practicing Social Security law I have never encountered an ALJ as incompetent as ALJ Mckay. The ALJ denies cases that are legitimate and people clearly disabled. Recently, a claimant died after a denial from ALJ Mckay. The case clearly met the listing. The Appeals Council overruled her decision but it was too late. The medicaid the claimant would have received might of saved his life.


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: Ronald Herman
10/12/2012 4:23:57 PM



A Judge that will listen to you if your honest with him.


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.

Michael Johnson
Judge: Patricia S McKay
8/21/2012 11:02:38 PM



Ruled "unfavorably" on my Disability Hearing. This "judge" (if you can call her that) has a history of denying legitimate claims. She will take your personal testimony that you were "sworn to" and twist your words around to find a way to deny.

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: Melody Paige
3/20/2012 9:44:20 PM



If you get this judge, she is very rude and, she knows nothing about mental illness and or any other disability. She should be disbarred from her position. Because when I got my denial notice I tried to commit suicide. This woman is no judge with a degree to be able to make a correct diagnosis, which should be left with the 5 doctors I had, based on my disability. When I looked at her record before her denials were 50 and approvals were 50, so you’re just a number to her. She sent the denial and you could tell she never read any of the medical documents from several doctors including the ones that she sent me to. Thanks to her my health is much worse; I hope she can live with herself. She doesn’t read them, her staff does, but she makes the denials. Very poor excuse for a Judge!