Science shows that shingles outbreaks are caused by the same virus that
causes chickenpox. This virus is known as varicella zoster virus, which
is commonly referred to as VZV. After a person recovers from chickenpox,
the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. For reasons that are not
always fully known, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles.
Shingles is a painful rash that develops on the face or body. The rash
forms blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and then clears
up within 2 to 4 weeks. According to the Centers for Disease Control,
about half of all shingles cases occur in men and women 60 years old or older.
Although Shingles most often occurs in elderly patients who suffer from
chronic diseases and immunosuppression, some studies have shown there
may be a direct connection with physical trauma and shingles outbreaks
within the younger population. In fact, a report published by the
Journal of Infectious Disease determined that there is a 340% increased risk for shingles outbreaks
after physical trauma occurs and a near 28 times higher risk for shingles
outbreaks following trauma to the head. In addition, various studies that
date as far back as the 1970’s show that shingles outbreaks have
developed as a result of trauma.
Due to this connection, there is also a strong association between stressful
auto accidents, and the risk of shingles outbreaks. In fact, the
British Medical Journal reports that post-traumatic stress (PTSD) has been independently associated
with a two-fold increase in the risk of a shingles outbreak. Anecdotally,
our team at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. has seen numerous shingles outbreaks
reported in our personal injury practice with clients who are in their
20’s and 30’s and have no other risk factors for such an outbreak.
Have You Developed Shingles Following a Car Accident?
If you were injured in an accident and developed a shingles outbreak as
a result, contact our Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Suzuki Law Offices,
L.L.C. right away. At our firm, our team works diligently to attain the
best results for our clients. Because we understand an accident can affect
a victim’s life forever, we do our best to obtain maximum monetary
compensation in the shortest amount of time possible. If you or someone
you love was harmed in an accident or vehicle collision, contact our team
Discuss your case today by
calling a Phoenix personal injury attorney from our firm, or fill out a free consultation form online. We cannot
wait to put aggressive defense on your side of the courtroom.