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

Injury Settlement Calculator -- Estimate the Value of Your Injury Claim
Use this damages calculator to get a rough estimate of what your injury claim might be worth.
Injury Claims Against the Government in California
If your accident or injury might be attributable to the fault of a California government agency or employee, you’ll need to follow a different set of rules than you would if you were pursuing a legal remedy against a private individual or business.
When the Adjuster Wants to Know Who Witnessed the Injury
If you've got witnesses who help your claim, it's probably best to let the other side get in touch  with them -- within limits. Here's what to keep in mind.
The Black Lung Benefits Act
The Black Lung Benefits Act provides compensation to miners who are suffering from “black lung disease” (pneumoconiosis).
The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992
A look at the Residential Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, its enforcement, and how violations of the Act might affect an injury case.
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) is a non-profit organization formed by the Michigan State Legislature in 1978 because the smaller automobile insurance companies found it difficult to get reinsurance for no-fault policies.
Is Trespassing Involved in Private Nuisance?
There is a great deal of confusion over the difference between the legal concepts of private nuisance and trespassing. Homes and city properties are so close together these days that property rights come into question far more often than in the past. What rights does a property owner have to protect their property and their enjoyment of it?
NuvaRing Side Effects and Lawsuits
NuvaRing is an FDA approved vaginal contraceptive ring that contains the synthetic hormone etonogestrel, a metabolite of desogestrel. In 2007 a consumer group called Public Citizen petitioned the Federal Drug Administration to ban contraceptives containing desogestrel due to an "increased risk of blood clots".
Slip and Fall Claims Against Walmart
Many people shop at Wal-Mart because of its perceived convenience or value. But sometimes those shoppers are injured, and the most frequent form of injury in large stores like Wal-Mart is a slip and fall accident.