A survival action is similar to a wrongful death lawsuit. Both seek damages based on the wrongful death of the decedent. However, where a wrongful death lawsuit is brought by the surviving members of the victim’s family, a survival action is brought by the estate of the decedent. The estate is allowed to sue for pain and suffering, and potential loss of wages and income as a result of death. The damages are awarded to the estate, not the family members, which can occur if the estate’s interest and the family members’ interests are not the same.