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Hello there Darlene --
I am sorry to hear about this. Was this a self service shoe area in a dept store like Kmart or Walmart or was it a store with a large shoe section where they keep other sizes and styles out back and there are dedicated salespeople for the shoe area of the store?
First, no matter what type of store you purchased the shoes in, I believe you have a case either way so long as you have witnesses to buying the sneakers and to the fact that the stuffing was left in there (and when it was pulled out).. Your case is very strong if there are salespeople helping all of the customers with the shoes and finding different sizes and styles either from other departments or from a back room storage area (a traditional shoe store atmosphere) -- this strength is because the saleslady should have known how to deal with trying on sneakers and should have known how delicate your feet are after she was told of your condition. SHe was negligent in not taking out the stuffing and that is what lawyers look for in building a lawsuit against a company. If it is a small shoe department in a larger retail store, they would claim that there are no dedicated "shoe sales people" and the salesgirl had no requirement to know to pull out the stuffing or how delicate your feet were (but that still will not be a good defense and you still have a case because even in a large retail department store, if the store provides helpers then the store is responsible for negligent acts no matter what department they are assigned to).
So, my suggestion to you is to immediately start contacting personal injury lawyers in your county -- you may run into one or two lawyers who might not want to take it on depending upon their own specialties and caseloads, but I believe you should be able to find a lawyer fairly quickly to file a lawsuit against the store for personal injury through the employees negligence. Contact your local county bar association (you can find them online if you use the name of your county and state and the search term BAR ASSOCIATION LAWYER REFERRAL) and ask for a referral to several personal injury attorneys in your county -- they should give you several names and you can go from there.
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Hello again Darlene--
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