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

Gross Negligence and Punitive Damages In Personal Injury Cases
Gross negligence in a civil injury case implies the defendant was not simply careless, but reckless.
Eligibility for Workers' Compensation After a Job-Related Accident
Every state, plus the federal government, has a workers’ compensation law that requires employers to provide certain types of insurance benefits for employees who were injured in the course of their employment. Workers’ compensation laws
Making a Workers Compensation Claim for Wrist Tendonitis
Wrist tendonitis accounts for a significant percentage of workplace injury claims. Because workers' compensation laws vary by jurisdiction, it may or may not be compensable under the workers' comp system in place where you live and work.
Difference Between a Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Claim
The biggest and most important difference between a personal injury claim and a workers' compensation claim is that a personal injury claim is based on fault while a workers’ comp case is not.
How Much Do Workers' Compensation Benefits Pay?
If you've been injured on the job, you're probably wondering what kind of benefits you'll receive.
What is a Tort? Tort Law, Tort Claims, and Tort Lawyers
A variety of cases fall under the "tort" umbrella, and not all tort lawyers specialize in personal injury.
Time Limits to File a Defamation Lawsuit
Understand the time limits for filing a lawsuit for defamation (libel or slander) in your state.
Tips for The First Call with an Adjuster After an Accident
What to say (and what to avoid) when the at-fault party's insurance company contacts you after an accident.
How the Insurance Adjuster Determines an Injury Settlement Offer
How the adjuster came up with the initial settlement offer, and what comes next in an insurance injury settlement.
Lawyers' Fees in Your Personal Injury Case
Personal injury lawyers usually work on a "contingency fee" basis, which is dependent on a favorable outcome for the client.