The Tampa Bay Times spent a year investigating Florida trauma centers and what they charge injured patients. The Times analyzed state-collected records for millions of hospital patients and interviewed dozens of people treated by Florida trauma centers. Being in an accident is a traumatic experience. But it isn't automatically a trauma, as defined by medicine. Type of injury, patient age, vital signs and other factors all are considered, as is professional judgment. This is just one of many scenarios that could lead to trauma victims — and trauma activation fees.