Allegations of medical malpractice are common in anesthesiology because problems are common and the resulting outcome for the patient is often poor. In surgery, the anesthetic is often more dangerous to the patient than the knife. Medical indemnity premiums for anesthesiologists are usually higher than other specialties. Death can result from any problem with anesthetics because there is little room for error. When a problem occurs, the anesthesiology expert witness can opine on situations where the patient reacted poorly. These expert witnesses can testify on pediatric anesthesia, general anesthesia, spinal anesthetics, and nerve blocks.