As with the treatment of all disease states, physicians owe their OSA patients a duty to diagnose and treat the disease in a manner consistent with the standard of ordinary care in the community (6). Thus, upon establishment of the physician-patient relationship, a treating physician incurs legal duties to the patient to not only diagnose and treat the disease but also to inform the patient of the risks and possible outcomes of treatment modalities (27). Depending on the severity of the disease, a physician's legal duties may include the duty to warn the patient against driving (28) and, under certain state motor vehicle laws, to report the patient's condition to the state department of motor vehicles (29). Failure to warn against driving in light of a foreseeable risk of harm to others may extend the physician's legal liability beyond the patient to unknown third parties (30).
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