We Want to Help You

Experiencing an injury or illness can be a stressful time and we are here to help you and your employee every step of the way. We’ll work with you, your employee and medical providers to help with recovery as quickly as possible.

We want your experience to be as convenient and as easy as possible so you can file a claim easily in two different ways.


Return to Work

Work Connections case managers will work with you, your employee and other university departments to identify opportunities to return to work as soon as it is reasonably safe for your employee to do so.

Research has shown that early return to work enhances both psychological and physical recovery while minimizing the negative impact of disability on an employee’s life. We will also coordinate with the Return to Work Program as needed.

A return-to-work plan is developed—with assistance from Work Connections—by you, your employee, and his or her treatment team. Among other things, it includes information about any physical restrictions such as lifting or sitting for protracted periods of time along with a target date on which your employee will be fully recovered and able to assume his or her regular duties.

Work Connections’ objective is to facilitate a safe and lasting return to work. Our staff will work with you, your employee, and your physician to:

  • Help evaluate essential functions of the job and anticipate needs for accommodations, if required
  • Discuss and develop a return-to-work plan
  • Maintain regular contact with you and your employee to coordinate the return-to-work plan
  • Follow up on medical progress and assist with any medical issues after your employee has returned to work

“I have overseen AEC’s Construction Services department for the past 21 years. Most of our employees have physical jobs and we have encountered a number of unique and challenging situations. We are so fortunate to have a partner in Risk Management/Work Connections. Their professionals have the skills and abilities to assist and advise us to solve even the most perplexing circumstances.”

Paul Guttman
Construction Services Director
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

“I am pleased to write about the service experiences I have had with Work Connections. My Center has a consistently large number of complicated medical cases which are managed by Work Connections. We patiently wait our turn cognizant of the fact that there are thousands of cases that are managed by Work Connections. However, the service is consistency good and compassionate. The cases range from minor work place injuries to long term disability. I have only the highest regard for Work Connections and the work that they perform day and night on behalf of the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.”

Marlene Smith
Human Resources Manager
Institute for Social Research

“The collaboration and team work we have with Work Connections is outstanding. Their knowledge and expertise guides us in making the right decisions for our employees and department. We are very grateful for the service they provide to our department of 650+ employees. ”

Kristin Brancheau
Custodial & Grounds Services Business Manager