Oak Park, Michigan ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Oak Park, Michigan, 12 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 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Oak Park is 484 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 1/6/2016.

SSA, Oak Park ODAR Office
Crown Pointe Building, Suite 500
25900 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, Michigan 48237-1267
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Phone: (877) 223-6060 -- Fax: (248) 968-0205
eFile Fax: (877) 904-5525 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Oak Park 12 15.0 months 484 days 1.7 17% 53% 29%
Michigan14.2 months465 days1.917%49%34%
National Average:14.9 months493 days1.819%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.72
Average Processing Time 484 days
Cases Pending 7682
Dispositions 1176
New Cases 1658
Hearings In Person 99%
Video Hearings 1%

Comments about Judges at the Oak Park Michigan ODAR office:

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

Judge: Henry Perez
Date Posted: 8/19/2015 9:32:27 AM
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A very fair judge. He asked detailed questions and listened to additional facts given by my attorney and myself.

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

Judge: Timothy C Scallen
Date Posted: 6/18/2015 8:38:59 AM
Submited By: Berneathea Robinson

Thank you for hearing my case

Judge: John Dodson
Date Posted: 6/5/2015 9:47:05 PM
Submited By: Sharon Diva

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: Yasmin Elias
Date Posted: 5/14/2015 10:40:00 AM
Submited By: John G

She is coming to Tucson.

Judge: John Dodson
Date Posted: 4/14/2015 3:13:53 PM
Submited By: Rena. Turner

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
Date Posted: 2/22/2015 12:07:10 PM
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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
Date Posted: 10/14/2014 6:04:54 PM
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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

Judge: Melody Paige
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 9:34:25 AM
Submited By: Camille

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
Date Posted: 8/12/2014 6:24:12 PM
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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.

Judge: J. William Callahan
Date Posted: 8/4/2014 1:55:45 PM
Submited By: APreston

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.

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

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..

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

Judge: Patricia S McKay
Date Posted: 3/17/2014 1:11:29 PM
Submited By: lisa

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
Date Posted: 2/12/2014 10:42:56 AM
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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

Judge: Timothy J Christensen
Date Posted: 11/21/2013 4:30:47 AM
Submited By: Mike

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.

Judge: B. L Blair
Date Posted: 11/13/2013 6:07:19 PM
Submited By: APL

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
Date Posted: 11/13/2013 10:11:52 AM
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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.

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

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

Judge: Patricia S McKay
Date Posted: 10/21/2013 2:28:19 PM
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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.

Judge: Melody Paige
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 11:23:28 AM
Submited By: Marie

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
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 11:44:27 AM
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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.

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

Very nice and understanding and really listens to you.

Judge: Patricia S McKay
Date Posted: 4/11/2013 12:04:53 PM
Submited By: Tawauna parks

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

Judge: Timothy C Scallen
Date Posted: 3/20/2013 7:40:38 AM
Submited By: Carrie Cleminson

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.

Judge: Henry Perez
Date Posted: 3/19/2013 2:17:27 PM
Submited By: going for joe

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

Judge: Jerome B Blum
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 6:38:54 PM
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This judge denies everyone under the age of 50!!!!

Judge: Jerome B Blum
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 6:37:42 PM
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I was very ill & the vo tech advisor clearly stated I couldnt work. Turned around and had stroke..

Judge: Michael F Wilenkin
Date Posted: 1/14/2013 8:23:46 AM
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Tends to make decisions based on personal bias, with little regard for the law. He can also be downright rude

Judge: Patricia S McKay
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 1:31:57 PM
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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
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 8:46:55 PM
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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
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 1:50:40 PM
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great man

Judge: John Dodson
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 1:14:45 PM
Submited By: DAWN TAYLOR


Judge: Ronald Herman
Date Posted: 10/12/2012 4:23:57 PM
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A Judge that will listen to you if your honest with him.

Judge: John Dodson
Date Posted: 10/5/2012 10:10:17 AM
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Judge John Dodson is a great one. He is clear and fair. I would approve him again and again.

Judge: Patricia S McKay
Date Posted: 8/21/2012 11:02:38 PM
Submited By: Michael Johnson

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.

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

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
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 9:44:20 PM
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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!