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

How Much Will a Car Accident Lawyer Cost You?
If the other driver is at fault for your car accident, you'll probably be able to hire a personal injury attorney on a "contingency fee" basis. Find out when it's worth the cost.
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.
Settlement Factors in a Motorcycle Accident Case
What factors come into play when figuring out the settlement value of a motorcycle accident injury claim?
Personal Injury Case After Commercial Truck Accident
Car accidents involving commercial trucks or "big rigs" often present unique legal issues that could affect your settlement.
California’s Legal Options for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors
The California Child Victims Act expands the rights of those who are ready to take legal action against abuse perpetrators and others.
What Is No-Fault Car Insurance and How Does a Claim Work?
If you live in a "no-fault" car insurance state, you'll likely make a claim with your own insurance company after a car accident.
First Steps to Sue a Doctor
Key considerations before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against your doctor.
How Do I File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Many states have placed procedural hurdles in the paths of medical malpractice plaintiffs, to ensure their claims are valid.
Medical Malpractice Claim for a Nurse's Treatment Error
If a nurse makes a mistake that ends up harming a patient, there could be a case for malpractice.
Can Lack of Patient Consent Mean Medical Malpractice?
When a patient's injury relates to a lack of "informed consent," a doctor or hospital might be liable for medical malpractice.