David Goguen


David Goguen is a Legal Editor at Nolo, focusing on claimants' rights in personal injury cases. He is a member of the State Bar of California with almost two decades of experience in litigation and legal publishing. His work has been featured and quoted in a number of publications, including Medscape and Fodor’s.

Education. David is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he made his first foray into publishing as a member of the USF Maritime Law Journal board of editors. 

Legal career. After a few years as a practicing attorney, handling everything from car accident claims to groundwater pollution cases, David began his career as a Legal Editor. Over the years at Nolo, David’s area of expertise has expanded to encompass all kinds of injury-related cases, from fender benders and medical malpractice to the latest mass tort cases making headlines—including Roundup-cancer lawsuits.

Personal injury law. Few areas of the law are more fraught with stress than personal injury. Accidents are by definition unexpected, and they can give rise to all kinds of uncertainty. In the days and weeks following an injury, more and more people go online with questions about their options and the right path forward, and David is proud to be part of a Nolo team that provides some of the best answers out there.

Articles By David Goguen

Illegal U Turns in California
Making an illegal U-turn can mean a traffic ticket in California, and if it leads to a car accident, you'll have a harder time escaping liability.
What If I'm Hit By an Uninsured Driver?
If your car accident was caused by an uninsured driver, your uninsured motorist (UM) coverage will kick in, if you have it. If your car insurance policy doesn't include UIM coverage, your options are limited.
What Is No-Fault Car Insurance?
Whether it's required in your state or you've added it to your policy, no-fault or "personal injury protection" (PIP) coverage can make things easier after a car accident.
Contingency Fee Agreements and Car Accident Attorneys
A contingency fee agreement usually means that you only pay a fee if your car accident case is successful.
Contacting Your Car Insurance Company After an Accident
Your car insurance company has a legal right to know about any car accident that might lead to a claim under your coverage.
Car Accident Laws in California
This article looks at a few key California laws related to car accident claims and settlements, including time limits for filing a lawsuit, and how your claim might be affected if you’re found to be partially at fault for causing the car accident.
The Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause any number of different injuries, to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact.
When Do You Need A Lawyer For Your Car Accident Claim?
If your car accident resulted in significant injuries, or key issues like fault are in real dispute, having a lawyer on your side can be crucial.
Why You Should See a Doctor ASAP: Pain/Symptoms After a Car Crash
It's crucial to get necessary medical care after a car accident, not just from a health standpoint.
After a Car Accident: 6 Steps to Take
Protect yourself and your car accident claim with this post-accident checklist.