Cannot find UI Element in new tab

For my project, I need to navigate from an account detail page to a transaction detail page to get a value in the footer row of a table on that transaction page. No problem with the navigation, but the transaction page opens as a new tab and an error is thrown:

Message: Cannot find the UI element corresponding to this selector:

If I navigate to the page directly, or navigate to it via the detail page then re-navigate to it, the same control is found (the name is always the same).

Can anyone explain what might be happening here and how I can avoid navigating to the page twice? The browser is IE.