Your home inspector more than likely had you sign a waiver at the time of the inspection. If so, you can reach out to him or work with an attorney to get it resolved.
I would call the inspector/company and tell them what happened and asked them if they are insured. Or you can speak to an attorney.
Recovering the cost was accomplished, not because the buyer had a leg to stand on, but because the REALTOR compelled the inspector to make it go away.
If your inspector come from a internet search or the yellow pages, or referred by Uncle Philmore, you have your report along with the 'limits' that are on the first two pages of the report. The inspector is very well protected and your referring sources do not provide much leverage.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
It is difficult at best to get a remedy. The action must fall under the range of complete neglect on the part of the inspector. You can always fill a complaint with the IDFPR and to be compensated financially you will have to hire an attorney and go from there.
If you hired a true professional with errors and omissions insurance you might have a chance. If the inspector was not licensed and bonded then you are spinning your wheels. Either way, speak with an attorney and find out what options you have. Good luck!