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

Oregon Car Accident Settlement Example
This hypothetical claim example can give you an idea of how a settlement might look after an Oregon car accident.
California Auto Insurance Requirements
California's "financial responsibility" laws for vehicle owners, minimum liability car insurance requirements in California, and more.
The Independent Medical Exam (IME) in Car Accident Cases
As part of a car accident lawsuit, you may need to submit to an independent medical examination (or IME). Here's how it works, and what to expect.
Deposition Questions in Loss of Consortium Claims
When a car accident case includes a "loss of consortium" claim, some very personal questions may be asked during deposition.
Anatomy of a Car Accident Case
Being involved in an auto accident is a terrifying experience and it is important to understand that there are steps you should take to ensure the legitimacy of your claim and to protect yourself.
Car Accident Cases in Small Claims Court
Should you consider small claims court to get compensation for vehicle damage or minor injuries after a car accident?
North Dakota No-Fault Auto Insurance Laws
North Dakota is one of a dozen or so states that follow a no-fault car insurance system. We'll cover that plus other N.D. car insurance rules in this article.
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.
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.
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.