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Unfortunately, the county faces very little potential liability due to a concept of law called "sovereign immunity". It is an antiquated concept and comes from the idea that you couldn't "sue the king".
In this country, they continued that concept and applied it to the various governmental entities such as the federal state, and local governments.
Many states, SC included, have passed a limited exception to this known as the Tort Claims Act but it only allows someone to sue the government im very limited circumstances and a tree falling and causing damages isn't one of those. You can see the statute on this topic at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t15c078.php
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WHat you may want to consider is getting a local lawyer to write them a letter putting this issue into terms of their infringing on your civil rights, which is an automatic exemption from the immunity. You need to be aware that it probably does not really classify as a civil rights violation but the county government may not be willing to take a chance if they can solve the problem by cutting down a leaning tree.
Also, in addition to these defenses there is also the common law defense of "act of god" which they can use if a high wind or hurricane blows the tree over.
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