Paul Baker, Social Security Lawyer in Kentucky
Paul Baker’s passion for Social Security disability law is personal. The Harlan County native lost his father, a coal miner, when he was three years old, leaving his mother to raise him.
“If it hadn’t been for Social Security, I don’t know what we would’ve done,” he recalled.
Law wasn’t initially on his radar, but finding a way out of the mining life was. In addition to his father, the young Baker lost two uncles in that line of work. “My mother’s one goal in life was that I get an education and not end up in the coal mine,” he said.
Noticing other families turn to Social Security disability benefits during times of need reminded Baker of his family’s own struggles and focused his aspirations. After graduating from Union College in Barbourville, where he majored in history and minored in philosophy, he attended the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. He worked two jobs to support himself through law school.
Baker established his practice in Barbourville in 1985, where he’s advocated ever since for those seeking Social Security disability benefits. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, and he’s won claims for clients in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, handling cases at all levels. In addition to Social Security appeals, denials, and and claims, the firm helps people pursue much-needed compensation in auto accidents and other personal injury claims.