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Gregory D. WorthGregory Worth began practicing law in Great Bend, Kansas, representing employers and insurance carriers in central and western Kansas and has maintained a presence in central and western Kansas since joining McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips in 1989. He represents employers and insurance carriers throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in workers' compensation claims, and his expertise is with complex claims, such as work disability, multiple employments and carriers, occupational disease, psychological injury, and issues of compensability. He regularly tries cases before administrative law judges, the Kansas Workers' Compensation Board of Appeals and the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Mr. Worth represented the employer in Mathena v. Tyson before the Kansas Court of Appeals, a case resulting in the reversal of a lower ruling granting a whole-body disability. He represented the employer and insurance carrier in Swickard v. Meadowbrook Manor, where the Court of Appeals affirmed a lower ruling that limited the claimant to compensation for functional impairment and denied work disability after the claimant had rejected an offer of accommodated employment on another shift. Mr. Worth secured a favorable ruling in Delgado v. Tyson, and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Appeals and the Court of Appeals adopted his argument that the injured worker should not be granted an award of work disability based on the representation that the claimant was physically incapable of performing the accommodated work provided and that the claimant had not made a good faith effort to perform the work.
Mr. Worth authored a chapter in the Kansas Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Handbook. He provides counsel to business groups seeking amendment to the Kansas Workers’ Compensation Act and frequently presents seminars on workers’ compensation issues for clients, industry groups, and other attorneys. The Kansas Lawyer, a weekly publication that reviews Kansas appellate decisions, often cites his claims pending before the Workers’ Compensation Board of Appeals.
Mr. Worth is a shareholder at McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips and has served on the firm’s board of directors and as its secretary. Both graduates of The University of Nebraska and devoted Cornhusker fans, he and his wife have two daughters.