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

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 UM coverage, your options are limited.
How Rear-End Collision Settlements Work
Most rear-end car accident injury claims settle, but while fault might be obvious, claim value isn't always clear.
How to Amend and Fight a Police Report After a Car Accident
You can try to get a police report changed (especially if it includes verifiably incorrect information) but it probably won't be easy.
How to Calculate Pain and Suffering in a Car Accident Case
Learn how the insurance adjuster will calculate your pain and suffering after a car accident.
Using The Colossus Calculator to Calculate Accident 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.
What Happens If You Still Owe Money on a Totaled Car?
Your car has been deemed a total loss, but it's not paid off yet. What now?
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.
California Right of Way Laws
California's right of way laws determine who can proceed first when one or more travelers are at an intersection at the same time.
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.