There are actually two categories of wrongful death damages that can be rewarded under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act. The first are damages that the decedent’s survivors may recover. (“Survivors” are people defined by Florida’s wrongful death statute as being entitled to damages for the death of a loved one.) And the second are damages that the decedent’s estate may recover. (The estate is basically what the decedent left to any beneficiaries under his will or others in his lineage defined by something called an “intestacy” statute whenever there is no will.) Generally speaking, the estate cannot recover as many important categories of damages as the survivors (particularly pain and suffering from the loss–only survivors can recover pain and suffering).