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Can trespassers obtain compensation for slip and fall injuries?

Not everyone who enters onto the property of another person has the right to be there. For example, if an Illinois resident sees a "no trespassing" sign and elects to enter that land, they may waive their right to seek compensation for any injuries they sustain while traversing the land.

A slip-and-fall incident can leave you severely injured

Despite long having been fodder for physical human and slapstick entertainment, slip-and-fall incidents are actually quite serious. They happen every day across the country, both to people while they work and to others who visit public spaces, like retail stores. Sometimes, the person involved in a slip-and-fall walks away with little more than a strong sense of embarrassment and a few bruises. Other times, however, the potential for serious injuries arises.

Property owners may have a duty to ensure guest safety

Illinois readers likely know that property owners might be liable, under certain circumstances, for any injuries their guests receive on their property. The legal concept for this rule is called premises liability. Under state law, a property owner must take reasonable precautions to make property safe for invited guests and to remove any dangerous conditions. Any breach of that duty might be seen as negligence in the eyes of a jury.

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