When you are involved in a car accident in California, you may have a false sense of security afterwards if you do not have any apparent injuries. However, days later, you could wake up in serious pain. According to Patch, the two most common injuries that may not show immediate symptoms after a motor vehicle crash are concussions and whiplash.
Delayed symptoms of these injuries are typically caused by your pain receptors being blocked by the natural chemicals your body releases after you have experienced a stressful situation. These chemicals block the pain so you can react to whatever is happening and ensure your survival. It is a very primitive reaction, but it does allow you to focus on getting to safety and handling the immediate aftereffects of the accident.
In the meantime, you could be suffering from a concussion or whiplash and not even be aware. Because these are internal injuries with little to no outward signs, doctors typically rely on you explaining your symptoms to help them diagnose the problem. If you are not feeling symptoms, you cannot be diagnosed properly.
You may begin to feel symptoms days after the accident. These might include stiffness and pain the neck, dizziness, headaches, mental confusion, trouble moving your neck or shoulders, muscle spasms or a loss of balance. You should get any symptoms checked out as soon as possible. Both injuries can be quite serious and lead to additional health issues if not properly treated. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.