Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Department of Administration

Dane County Risk Management

The Dane County Risk Management’s mission is to protect Dane County employees, the general public, and the County’s assets from a variety of losses. We do this by working with staff, supervisors, and department heads to identify potential risks. We also ensure that identified risks are eliminated, accepted (and possible damage reduced as much as possible), and/or transferred to another party. 

Workers’ Compensation

If you are injured on the job, first report the accident to your supervisor, then call the Workers’ Comp Care Line at: 888-515-1563.  If it’s an emergency, call 911.

The nurses who answer this number are available 24/7, and they will:

  • Provide general guidance after an injury
  • Help you find the appropriate level of medical care
  • Help you find a medical facility near the jobsite or your home
  • Start all Workers' Compensation claim paperwork.

This is a paperless intake system. After the nurse ends your call, the nurse will forward information to Risk Management & WMMIC, and we will be available for regular, on-going communication with injured employees. WMMIC can be contacted at (608) 268-3002.

How to File a Claim Against Dane County

To bring an action against Dane County, section 893.80 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires notice be sent to the Dane County Clerk at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Madison, WI 53703. The notice should contain the claimant's name and address, it should give the County enough information to allow us to investigate and evaluate the claim. It should also contain an itemized statement of the relief sought. No special forms are required to file a claim.

In general, state law protects municipalities from having to pay for damages caused after hitting a pothole or running through debris in the road. In these situations, it may be best to contact your auto insurance company instead of filing a claim with Dane County.

Social Media

Please note that Dane County social media pages are produced and maintained by Dane County.  We expect participants will respect each other and we reserve the right to remove any inappropriate content and/or content we deem in violation of applicable law.  Our social media pages are not open to the promotion or advertisement of a business or commercial transaction.  Dane County does not endorse or support opinions or views expressed by users of our social media and links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views contained therein.  Dane County does not guarantee that external websites comply with the ADA.  Please contact to request removal of infringing materials. 

How to Request Records from Dane County

Each individual Dane County Department is the Custodian of its own records. A request for a record from the Department of Administration may be made orally or in writing during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 7:45 am - 4:30 pm). There is no special form to request records. If you have questions regarding your request, please call the Records Control Officer at (608) 445-3056 or fax your request to (608) 283-2973 or email it to

Requests for records must contain a reasonable description of the requested records and should, for example, include a date range. A request may be denied if, for example, the records are not indexed, arranged, or automated in a way that the requested records can be retrieved, or if the record is exempted by law from being released in response to a records request, or if the public’s interest in non-disclosure of the record outweighs the public’s interest in disclosure of the record. A request may also be denied if the record does not exist; Dane County is not required to create a new record or compile data from existing records into a new format.

Emergency Procedures

Emergencies are unpredictable and can strike without warning.  The general rule is to remain calm and call 911.

An effective response to an emergency requires planning ahead and testing your emergency plans.  Plus, the response to an emergency depends upon the type of crisis.  Please take time to review the following important emergency information:


What to do to prepare for an event


What To Do During an Active Shooter Event


What to do post-event