Bala v. Maxwell

In Bala v. Maxwell, 909 S.W.2d 889 (Tex. 1995), at issue were two statutes of limitations, one governing wrongful death actions and the other Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code section 74.251's predecessor governing healthcare liability claims. Id. at 892. When, in a wrongful death action based on medical negligence, there arose a question as to when the limitations period began--from the date of death or the date of the alleged breach--the Texas Supreme Court cited the "notwithstanding any other law" language in section 74.251's predecessor and concluded it governed, meaning that the limitations period commenced on the date of the alleged breach and not on the date of death. Id. at 892-93.