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17 Nov

Injury in the Digital Realm: Emotional Distress from Cyberbullying and Its Legal Stand

Published by SELPH LAW – Your trusted personal injury law firm in Columbus, OH.

The rise of technology has given birth to an entirely new realm – the digital space. As our personal and professional lives migrate online, we find ourselves vulnerable to new forms of harm. One particularly nefarious form of digital harm is cyberbullying, which has garnered significant attention in recent years. As the nature of injury evolves, so must our understanding of the legal implications surrounding it. In this article, we explore the emotional distress caused by cyberbullying and where the law stands in addressing this issue.

Understanding Cyberbullying

Before we delve into the legal perspectives, it’s important to first understand what cyberbullying is. At its core, cyberbullying refers to the use of digital devices, platforms, or tools to harass, threaten, or intimidate another individual. This could range from spreading false rumors online to sending abusive messages. The effects of such acts can be profound, leading to severe emotional distress, mental health issues, or even self-harm in victims.

Emotional Distress in the Digital Age

Many mistakenly believe that because cyberbullying doesn’t result in physical harm, its impacts are less severe. However, the emotional and psychological scars left by online harassment can be equally, if not more, devastating. Victims often experience feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, and a host of other emotional traumas. This emotional distress, though intangible, is very real and can have long-term implications on an individual’s overall well-being.

Where the Law Stands

In the United States, while there are federal laws that indirectly touch on cyberbullying, much of the legislative action occurs at the state level. In Ohio, for instance, the law has begun to recognize the severe impact of online harassment.

The Ohio Revised Code §2903.211, colloquially known as the “Menacing by Stalking” statute, can be applicable to instances of cyberbullying. If a person knowingly causes another to believe that they will cause physical harm or mental distress to them or a family member, they could be found in violation of this law. Mental distress, in this context, can include emotional distress stemming from cyberbullying.

Furthermore, schools in Ohio are required by law to have policies addressing bullying, which, in many cases, extends to cyberbullying. This legal stand ensures that educational institutions play their part in safeguarding their students both offline and online.

Navigating the Legal Landscape with SELPH LAW

If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress as a result of cyberbullying, it’s crucial to understand your rights and the legal avenues available to you. SELPH LAW, based at 6047 Frantz Road, Dublin OH 43017, is dedicated to standing with victims of personal injury, whether that injury manifests physically or emotionally.

Our team at SELPH LAW understands the intricacies of personal injury law in Columbus, OH, and is here to guide you every step of the way. With compassion, commitment, and expertise, we work tirelessly to ensure justice is served and to assist victims in finding their way back to peace of mind.


The digital age has undeniably brought many advantages, but it also presents new challenges. As the realms of personal injury continue to evolve, it’s imperative for the legal framework to adapt and address these challenges. Cyberbullying and the emotional distress it engenders are pressing issues that need understanding, compassion, and decisive action.

For more information or assistance, contact SELPH LAW at 614-453-0971 – because in the digital age, injury isn’t just physical, but emotional as well.

Note: The above blog is a fictional representation and is meant for informational purposes only. The legal references made are based on actual Ohio laws as of the last update in 2022 but are not exhaustive or all-encompassing. Always consult with a legal professional about your specific situation.

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