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

Who Pays For Car Damage After an Accident?
Financial responsibility for vehicle damage depends on who caused the accident, but practically speaking, it's all about available insurance coverage.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help With Your Case
The right lawyer will perform a number of key tasks in working toward the best outcome for your car accident case.
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.
California Auto Insurance Requirements
California's "financial responsibility" laws for vehicle owners, minimum liability car insurance requirements in California, and more.
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.
Car Accident Laws in D.C.
These District of Columbia laws could have a big impact on your insurance claim or lawsuit after a car accident.
Washington D.C. Car Insurance Requirements
Washington, D.C. follows a “no-fault” car insurance system. So, when an accident occurs, each driver involved in the crash files a claim with his or her own insurer first, regardless of who bore the legal “fault” for the accident.
Car Accident Questions & Expert Answers
We get a lot of good questions from readers, so we thought we would put together a list of a few inquiries that seem to crop up pretty often.
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.
Using Colossus Software to Calculate Settlement Value
Colossus is a software program which is believed to be used by most of the top auto insurance companies to "calculate" the settlement value of minor to moderate car accident injury claims. In other words, the system is used in the very types of cases that you may be handling yourself.