Personal Injury Lawyers for Victims of Cyberbullying in Toronto
Cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying. The victim can’t escape the bully by retreating to the safety of his or her home. Cyberbullying attacks follow victims everywhere they go, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ve seen tragic cases in our country where cyberbullying has led some victims to take their own lives rather than face ongoing ridicule and isolation.
Cyberbullying is a Serious Threat to the Physical & Psychological Heath of Victims
Cyberbullying involves the use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging, and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others. It includes activities such as:
- “Flaming” – online fights where angry and rude comments are exchanged
- Denigration – mean messages or websites set up to make fun of someone
- Exclusion – intentionally leaving someone out of a group such as instant messaging, friend sites, or other online group activities
- Trickery – tricking someone into revealing personal information and then sharing it with others
- Outing & Revenge Porn – sharing secrets, private information, pictures and videos (intimate and non-intimate)
- Impersonation – pretending to be someone else when sending or posting mean or false messages
- Harassment – repeatedly sending malicious messages to someone
- Cyberstalking – continually harassing and denigrating someone, with threats of physical harm
The effects of cyberbullying can be devastating. Victims might develop depression, social anxiety, stress-related health problems, low self-esteem, academic problems, aggressive behaviours, and suicidal tendencies.
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Helping Victims of Cyberbullying
It may be difficult to understand who you can hold responsible for cyberbullying and its effects. Are parents responsible for their children who use electronic media to bully others? Are the schools responsible? What about the Internet Service Provider (ISP)? You may not even know the identity of a cyberbully and therefore feel helpless to stop the harassment and hold the person responsible for their actions.
If you or your child have been the victim of cyberbullying, contact the personal injury lawyers at Derfel Injury Law for advice. We can walk you through the complexities of a cyberbullying claim and help you gather information about the party or parties responsible for cyberbullying injuries. Even if criminal charges can’t be brought against the perpetrator, you may still be able to pursue a remedy in civil court.
Derfel Injury Law has experience with many different types of personal injury claims, including cyberbullying, defamation, and harassment. We know how worried you are as a parent, and we understand the anger that flows from unprovoked and harmful acts against our children. It’s especially frustrating when schools or other parents are negligent in supervising or investigating whether cyberbullying attacks are originating from their homes or institutions. We want to help lessen the stress you are feeling and help you shift your focus to your family’s health and well-being.
Contact Derfel Injury Law in Toronto for assistance in launching a Cyberbullying Claims
It can be difficult to quantify damages for harm like emotional distress or psychological injury, but we have over a decade of experience helping our clients recover the compensation they deserve for a wide variety of emotional injuries. Derfel Injury Law will help you understand the remedies available to you, and our compassionate team will represent you with passion and integrity.
Contact Derfel Injury Law to meet our personal injury lawyers and professional legal team. Our office is conveniently located in Toronto. Call us at 416.847.3580 to schedule a visit at the individual office closest to you or contact us online.