Mike Barasch commented on the MEDPAGE TODAY study linking PTSD in 9/11 Workers to higher rates of asthma.
“When you think about it, what could make someone more anxious than not being able to breathe?!, said Barasch whose law firm represents more sick people in the 9/11 Community than any other law firm in the county. “And, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that people with severe post-traumatic stress have difficulty breathing either. 9/11 patients diagnosed with significant, disabling PTSD should be treated with the same respect as patients with disabling respiratory illnesses. They should be given the same free medical treatment and compensation as those who have been certified with pulmonary illnesses. I’m glad that peer-reviewed medical studies have finally proved a link and that physicians treating 9/11 patients with PTSD are being warned of the 2-3x increased risk of asthma”, said Barasch.
Read the full article: PTSD in 9/11 Workers Linked to Higher Asthma Risk (Salynn Boyles, Medpage Today, August 27, 2016)