At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our Whittier personal injury attorneys know that seeking medical care immediately after a California vehicle collision is the only way to fully understand the extent of your injuries.

This is paramount to identifying and treating apparent injuries like a broken arm and injuries that are harder to see — or understand if you are not a physician. Although they may at first go unnoticed, unseen injuries can have a severe and long-lasting impact on your well-being.

Types of Injuries After a California Vehicle Collision

What Types of Injuries Are Challenging to Pinpoint After a California Vehicle Collision?

Some injuries sustained in car accidents may not immediately manifest symptoms. This delay in symptom onset can occur for various reasons, such as adrenaline masking pain or injuries, shock, or the body’s natural response to trauma. As a result, individuals may not realize the extent of their injuries until hours, days, or even weeks after the accident.

This is especially common with the following injuries:


Concussions are some of the most commonly overlooked injuries that occur in California car crashes. A concussion after a car accident can be caused by a strike, blow, or jolt to the head that happens during the accident. Importantly, it can occur even without impact on the head. It can also be caused by the extreme force of the crash, which causes the head to whip violently forward and backward.

Symptoms of a concussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Headache.
  • Impaired speech.
  • Memory loss.
  • Vomiting.

Many accident victims confuse headaches or “brain fog” caused by a concussion with being upset or stressed from the crash; in reality, it could be a severe medical condition that impacts your daily activities and overall quality of life for long periods.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash or muscle strains, are common in car accidents, especially rear-end collisions. These injuries involve damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which may not be immediately apparent but can cause significant pain and discomfort over time. If left untreated, soft tissue injuries can result in chronic pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, and other long-lasting symptoms.

Internal Injuries

Car accidents can cause internal injuries, such as organ damage, internal bleeding, or injuries to the spine or spinal cord, which may not be visible externally. Internal injuries can have severe and potentially life-threatening consequences if not promptly diagnosed and treated. Even minor internal injuries can lead to complications and long-lasting symptoms if left untreated.

Regardless of how you feel after a crash, seek medical treatment immediately to ensure that any unseen injuries are correctly diagnosed and treated to prevent long-term consequences. An examination, X-rays, or an MRI can quickly determine whether you have any injuries that are not immediately apparent so you can get the care you need.

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys Today

If you have been injured in an accident caused by negligence in California, call (562) 698-6446 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced personal injury attorneys in Whittier today to discuss the full scope of your financial recovery needs. We can help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue compensation so you can focus on getting your life back on track.