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01/May/2022


As an employer in the state of California, you’re probably familiar with workers’ compensation. Under
Labor Code Section 3700, employers are required by law to provide workers’ compensation benefits if they have one or more employees. Carrying this insurance is to your benefit, not just because it’s the law, but also because it prevents lawsuits in civil court. 

But what do you actually do when a workplace injury occurs? Knowing your plan of action ahead of time will help everyone stay calm if an incident occurs. In this blog, we’ll give you a step-by-step outline of the appropriate way to deal with occupational injuries.

If you have a business in the greater Lincoln, CA area and are actively looking for a dependable clinic to partner with to handle workers’ compensation and other occupational medicine services, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at (916) 570-7265.


What is the employer’s responsibility when a worker is injured?

As the employer, you are responsible for keeping the workplace safe and your employees informed. Procedure manuals and employee handbooks should include sections on workers’ compensation and the reporting requirements surrounding claims. A Notice to Employees must be posted in a ‘conspicuous’ location on-site, at work. Supervisors should be trained in handling these events: when a workplace injury occurs, your leadership needs to know where, when, and how to report it.

It’s recommended to have a designated representative to whom all employees report incidents. They should be trained to recognize the severity of the situation and act accordingly, either deploying first-aid on the scene of the incident or relocating the employee to an emergency facility like ours. This person must be trained to take immediate action.

Once the threat to employee safety has been neutralized or otherwise resolved, you must document the event. Either called an “Incident Report” or an “Incident/Near Miss Report,” creating a detailed account of what happened (ideally with the help of the employee) is vital. Many employers will want a finalized version within 48 hours after the incident, but your company’s timeframe will be subject to state law. The faster you move on this, the quicker you can conduct an internal review of what happened and update best practices to reduce the likelihood of recurrence.

Internal reports are not your only consideration. According to Safe at Work California: 

In California, employers must report deaths, serious injuries, and serious illness to the nearest Cal/OSHA district office, immediately. Immediately is defined as “as soon as practically possible” but no later than eight hours after learning of the event. And, this injury reporting standard is among the standards most frequently cited for violation by Cal/OSHA.

How do I file a claim for workers’ compensation?

Once the incident is documented, your next steps, as the employer, are to contact the carrier of your company’s workers’ compensation and file the report. The method of submission will depend on the carrier. They may require medical reports, injury documentation, or other paperwork that must be completed to have a workers’ compensation claim finalized. Stay in touch with the carrier to expedite the process.

It’s equally important to stay in touch with the affected employee. Intimidation/retaliation laws are serious in California: an attempt to box the employee out of the company or otherwise hinder the advancement of a workers’ compensation claim is more than unethical – it’s illegal. Make sure your employee understands their value to your company, and that their health/well-being is a priority.

That might mean making accommodations for the employee in anticipation of their return to work. Providing a timeline for their re-entry is a crucial part of this process, and should be the goal of both parties at the end of recovery. If the employee is ultimately unable to resume any of their duties or otherwise unable to return to work, you will have to decide whether to continue the leave of absence or end the employment relationship.


Workers’ Compensation at Lincoln Urgent Care

Lincoln Urgent Care is equipped to serve as your partner clinic in workers’ compensation. In the event of an employee injury, we can properly assess the physical condition of your worker in a speedy manner. This is critical for your required incident reporting process. 

We also offer a variety of occupational medical services including drug screens, BAT tests, vision tests, lift tests, and more which can mitigate your risk as an employer, preventing workplace injuries. Read the full list of our employer services here. 

Call (916) 570-7265 to speak to a member of our staff. We’re happy to walk you through the steps required to formalize an arrangement between your business and our facility. We look forward to speaking with you!

 


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01/Apr/2022


When it comes to painful disorders, few are as obvious and irritating as pink eye! Pink eye — or Conjunctivitis — is when the white part of the eye (the conjunctiva) becomes inflamed or irritated. The term “pink eye” is a bit of a euphemism here — the eye can appear red or bloodshot.

There are a number of causes, some bacterial, some viral, and some due to allergies, but red, itchy eyes are the most common indicators. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, we recommend you call (916) 258-2751 or contact us online.

In this blog, we’re going to focus on what you’ll experience if you or your child contract pink eye. It’s highly contagious, considering you can pick it up from surfaces or contact through hugs and handshakes. While it’s often mild, serious cases of pink eye can scar the cornea and threaten your sight! This is why at Lincoln Urgent Care, we think it’s important to have one of our medical professionals examine and assess your condition. Don’t leave your eyesight to chance.


What are the symptoms of pink eye?

Pink eye has a few consistent characteristics that present themselves for diagnosis:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Weepy or overactive tear ducts
  • White or yellow discharge
  • Puffiness/swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Extra sensitivity to light

Are you experiencing one or more of these symptoms? Have they been getting steadily worse within a contracted amount of time? Diagnosis and treatment are both simple and effective.


Will pink eye go away on its own?

According to the CDC, sometimes there are two types of pink eye: viral and bacterial. Depending on the nature of your infection, treatment and healing time vary. 

For viral conjunctivitis, expect the infection to last anywhere from seven days to three weeks – or more. Of course, due to the viral nature of this category (similar to herpes simplex), antibiotics are ineffective against the cause. Wearing contacts will add to the irritation. Artificial tears or cold compresses may provide symptomatic relief.

Bacterial pink eye has a shorter span, lasting from a few days to 2 weeks. Again, mild cases won’t always need medical attention, and will eventually fade. But left untreated, pink eye can spread to others, or lead to reinfection.

If you’re suffering from allergic conjunctivitis, the good news is you aren’t contagious! The better news is that you can beat the symptoms by eliminating the allergen! Until the environment is free from the irritant, certain eye drops and antihistamines can alleviate your symptoms.


Do I need to see a doctor for pink eye?

The last thing you want to do is gamble with your vision. If you believe you or someone in your home has contracted pink eye, it’s important that you speak to a medical professional. We recommend you make an appointment to receive on-site evaluation and attention. Our medical staff can advise you on the best ways to handle the symptoms and limit the spread of pink eye to your friends, family, and/or coworkers.

Call us at (916) 258-2751 and set up a time to stop by our Lincoln, CA clinic.


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13/Mar/2022


If you’ve ever been a kid at a pool party, there’s a decent chance you’ve encountered…the dreaded ear infection!

It’s likely you’re not a child any longer — that, in fact, you’re an adult looking up information on ear infections because you suspect your child has one. Maybe you’ve identified an earache and now you’re searching for information and relief. Whatever your situation, Granite Bay Urgent Care (now open!) has you covered.  

We’ll cover what to look for when it comes to ear infections, what causes them, and what you can do about it.


How do you know if your child has an ear infection?

If you have a baby or a toddler at home, they can’t outright talk about their symptoms or the way they’re feeling. But there are some telltale signs of an ear infection that can help you identify one before you and your child lose too much sleep. According to ENT Health, symptoms to look for include:

  • Excessive crying and fussiness
  • Pulling at the ear
  • Fluid or draining from the ear
  • Loss of balance or vertigo 
  • Trouble picking up on quiet sounds

 

What causes an ear infection? 

To understand what causes an ear infection, it might be helpful to understand the ear itself.

The ears are connected to the nose and throat by way of the Eustachian tube. At the top sits the inner ear; further out, the middle ear — where your eardrum sits — and beyond that is the outer ear with the auditory canal. The middle ear is where ear infections occur. Bacteria, usually from a cold or a sore throat, spread into the hospitable area. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD):

“If the upper respiratory infection is bacterial, these same bacteria may spread to the middle ear; if the upper respiratory infection is caused by a virus, such as a cold, bacteria may be drawn to the microbe-friendly environment and move into the middle ear as a secondary infection. Because of the infection, fluid builds up behind the eardrum.”


What is the treatment for ear infections in children?

The tried-and-true method for clearing up an ear infection is a round of amoxicillin. It’s an antibiotic, one that’s been trusted by pharmacists and physicians alike for decades. A combination of amoxicillin and a pain reliever like ibuprofen are commonly prescribed together to relieve your child’s symptoms.

Amoxicillin is provided by prescription only, which means you’ll want to book a visit with us so we can confirm that the pain your little one is experiencing is an easily solvable problem. Once the treatment regimen has started, you can expect relief within 7-10 days. 

Click here to learn a bit about our team or call (916) 258-2751 to make an appointment with a member of our team at Granite Bay Urgent Care. We’re here when you – and your children – need us!


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22/Feb/2022


Since our Lincoln, CA urgent care clinic opened its doors in March 2019, we have proudly served the community, providing top-notch urgent care services that have been met with happy patients and thousands of five-star reviews on Google. Thanks to the wonderful support we’ve received from the Lincoln community, we are proud to announce the grand opening of our new urgent care clinic in Granite Bay, California: Granite Bay Urgent Care Center!

Granite Bay Urgent Care

Located at 5290 Douglas Blvd Suite #102, Granite Bay, CA 95746, our full-service urgent care center is ready to start accepting patients. We have no doubt this will bring peace of mind to the residents of Granite Bay and its surrounding communities. We encourage you to walk in to see us for your urgent care needs – we’re ready to help! You can also set up an appointment at our new facility for rapid COVID-19 testing and routine Telemedicine, should you find yourself in need of either service. 

Inside our urgent care centers, you’ll find we are well-equipped to diagnose and treat routine medical care services as well as emergency medical events. We provide many services in-house including x-rays and lab testing.

Which patient services does Granite Bay Urgent Care offer?

Our Granite Bay, CA urgent care clinic offers a wide range of patient services, including but not limited to:

  • Treatment of common illnesses like UTI, sinus infection, fever, rashes, allergic reactions, and STDs
  • Diagnosis and treatment of complicated illnesses like abscess incision and drainage, gastrointestinal disorders, and heat/chemical burns
  • Respiratory problems such as pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Routine medical care services
  • Flu shots and other vaccinations
  • COVID-19 testing (rapid tests too!)
  • Refills of medication
  • Specialty referrals
  • X-Ray technology on-site
  • Splints, wounds, sports injuries, and stitches/suturing/stapling
  • On-Site Lab, which means access to Point-of-Care tests like EKG, drug screening, pregnancy tests, and strep throat
  • Complicated or extensive blood panels 
  • And much more!

Which employer services does Granite Bay Urgent Care offer?

Granite Bay Urgent Care offers more than outpatient procedures for our patients! We also offer employers a number of occupational medicine and workmans’ compensation services that are frequently required of job applicants or current staff members. If you’re a Granite Bay-area employer looking for a workmans’ comp clinic to partner with, get in touch to find out more about scheduling one or more of these services for your employees:

  • BAT (blood alcohol testing)
  • DMV exams
  • EKG
  • Laboratory and screening tests
  • Workers’ Compensation injury and illness management
  • Drug screening
  • Spirometry/Pulmonary function
  • TB testing
  • Pre-employment physicals
  • Lift Testing
  • DOT physicals
  • Vision Screening
  • Respiratory/mask fit testing

If there are tests you require from your employees and you don’t see them listed here, please contact us! We truly appreciate the feedback of our community and are always looking for better ways to serve you.

You can call us directly at (916) 570-7265, or get in touch digitally by clicking here. However you decide to reach out to us at our new location, you can rest assured that the quality care you’ve come to expect from Lincoln Urgent Care will be your favorite thing about our Granite Bay Urgent Care!

Thank you to everyone who made the grand opening of Granite Bay Urgent Care a possibility. We look forward to helping you and your loved ones stay healthy and happy!


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Lincoln Urgent Care and Granite Bay Urgent Care are full-service urgent care centers with onsite x-ray and laboratory testing. Our team is dedicated to providing patients with affordable and timely care for their urgent care needs.

Lincoln Urgent Care
77 Lincoln Boulevard Suite 1
Lincoln, CA 95648
Phone: (916) 258-2751
Fax: (916) 258-7172

Granite Bay Urgent Care
5290 Douglas Blvd
Suite 102
Granite Bay, CA 95746
Phone: (916) 570-7265
Fax: (916) 200-2412

For informational purposes only, a link to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments web page is provided here. The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires that detailed information about payment and other payments of value worth over ten dollars ($10) from manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologics to physicians and teaching hospitals be made available to the public.