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

Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims (NIED)
In an NIED claim, the plaintiff asks for compensation for emotional distress, sometimes when no physical injury occurred.
How Long Will My 3M Earplugs Lawsuit Take?
It's never easy to predict when a lawsuit over faulty 3M combat earplugs will settle or go to trial, but here are some guidelines.
Calculate Your Personal Injury Settlement Value
Use our calculator to determine a reasonable settlement payment for a car accident, slip and fall, or other type of personal injury case.
Key Settlement Factors for a Pedestrian Injured In a Car Accident
Finding the "average" settlement for a pedestrian hit by a car won't help determine the value of your specific case, but understanding a few key factors will.
What If My Car Accident Involved a Pedestrian?
When a driver hits a pedestrian, key liability and insurance coverage questions need to be answered.
North Carolina's Legal Options for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors
North Carolina has expanded the rights of childhood sexual abuse survivors when it comes to seeking justice against perpetrators and others.
North Carolina Medical Malpractice Laws & Statutory Rules
Find out what steps you'll need to take to file a negligence lawsuit against a medical professional in North Carolina.
Special & General Damages in Your Personal Injury Case
Special and general damages (often called "economic" and "non-economic" damages) are the two main categories of compensable losses in a personal injury case.
Legal Remedies in a Private Nuisance Case
If your use or enjoyment of property is harmed because of another person, you may be able to recover money damages, an injunction, or self-help.
Montana Medical Malpractice Laws & Statutory Rules
The Montana medical malpractice statute of limitations and other state laws that could affect a malpractice case.