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The widow and a daughter of a descendant of Malibu’s founding family, who was killed in 2013 when a hot-air balloon carrying him and his family crashed in Switzerland, sued Anthem Blue Cross Friday in Los Angeles, alleging the insurer is refusing to pay for some of their medical costs associated with injuries they suffered in the same accident.

Swiss police previously said Grant Adamson and his family were on vacation when the balloon fell 165 feet after crashing into an electric power line on Aug. 6, 2013, while trying to land after a two-hour flight. Grant Adamson, 55, died at the scene. His wife, Terry, and two daughters were evacuated by helicopter to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Terry Adamson and one of her daughters, Megan, filed their lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking $181,175 in damages on allegations that include breach of contract, intentional misrepresentation, fraud and false promise.

An Anthem representative did not immediately return a call for comment.

The Adamsons contracted with Anthem for a PPO in March 2009, the suit states.

“Since September 2015, (Anthem) provided plaintiffs with at least 19 explanation of benefits statements listing medical treatments and procedures that (Anthem) wrongly refused to cover under the policy” the suit alleges.

The plaintiffs’ injuries have required “repeated, ongoing medical assistance and surgical intervention,” according to their complaint.

Grant Adamson was associated with Mariposa Land Co., which holds properties that have been in his family for more than 100 years. He was also a member of the advisory board of Pepperdine University’s Crest Associates, a community support group. The Adamson family’s donation of vacant land brought Pepperdine to Malibu in 1972.

–City News Service

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