PIERRE, S.D. (CN) – A Rapid City football player had the right to sue his team, but not the indoor league, for workers’ compensation, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled.
Chad Carpenter was playing for the Rapid City Red Dogs of the National Indoor Football League when he suffered a compression fracture in his neck.
Neither the team nor the league had workers’ compensation insurance. The high court allowed Carpenter’s claim against the Red Dogs, but not against the league.
“The contract does not specifically provide for Carpenter to receive any compensation from the League for his services,” Justice Meierhenry ruled.
The court said the league’s control over the Red Dogs’ games did not constitute an implied contract of employment.