Patient says Milwaukee dentist extracted 13 teeth without consent

Roberto Placido Sandoval went to a southside Milwaukee dentist in February 2019 to get three teeth repaired.

He got out the chair missing 13 teeth, and bleeding so badly he wound up in an emergency room days later.

He sued for negligence in January 2020, including a claim the dentist failed to get his informed consent for the extreme extractions, as well as breach of contract and falsification of records. His lawsuit named as defendants Bright Dental, on Lincoln Avenue, dentist Muhammed Alsamarraie and his insurance company.

The coronavirus pandemic struck weeks later, closing courthouses and dental offices. Over Zoom hearings, a judge, Jeffrey Conen, threw out Sandoval’s case saying Sandoval had missed a deadline to identify an expert who would challenge Alsamarraie’s work as anything but acceptable within the standard of care.

A few months after that, on Jan. 26, 2021, Sandoval died at 57 from complications of COVID-19. His estate, represented by his wife, pressed on with the appeal in his case.

Julius Andriusis is an immigration, workers compensation and personal injury lawyer in Milwaukee. He represented Sandoval, and now represents the estate.

This week, the Court of Appeals reversed Conen’s decision and reinstated Sandoval’s case.